Creating Beauty

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There is no need to be a professional photographer to capture the beauty in and around the world.

By being intentional about taking photos, one can virtually “stock up” on spectacular moments every day! Not only that, but being creative and taking photos can have delightful after effects and bring you to a fairly good state of mind for the rest of the day.

  • take pictures
  • talk pictures
  • see pictures
  • share pictures
  • draw pictures
  • love pictures
  • live pictures

You might love it so much that, as the the Van den Bergs mention in their book Phototips, you could very well start using “building blocks” to start creating images instead of just taking them. It is a whole new way of seeing.

That is where I am right now. I want to use the little knowledge I have now to start building beauty.

Try it.

P.S. All these photos were taken by me in my daily life, and I took them without going out of my way to do so. What might happen if I put in a little more effort?

What If?

What if God takes away the rain because we do not thank him for the flowers?
What if God takes away his gifts because I do not open them?
What if God takes away his Word because I do not believe and trust what he says?
What if God answers my prayers in a way I did not expect?
What if God had granted Jesus’ prayer when he asked to let the cup pass him by?
What if God allows me to feel utterly desolate?

What if the pain of broken relationships leaves me in utter dismay?
What if accusations and curses come from unexpected places?
What if losses are more than gains?
What if disappointments drain the life out of you and nightmares come true?

Vaneetha Rendall Rishner wrote the following in her blog:

Even if.
These two simple words have taken the fear out of life. Replacing “what if” with “even if” is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make. We trade our irrational fears of an uncertain future for the loving assurance of an unchanging God. We see that even if the worst happens, God will carry us. He will still be good. And he will never leave us.

Habakkuk models this exchange beautifully. Though he had pleaded with God to save his people, he closes this book with this exquisite “even if…”

Even though the fig trees have no fruit
and no grapes grow on the vines,
even though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no corn,
even though the sheep all die
and the cattle stalls are empty,
I will still be joyful and glad,
because the Lord God is my savior.
The Sovereign Lord gives me strength.
He makes me sure-footed as a deer,
and keeps me safe on the mountains.

Hab 3:17-19 (GNB)

The Master Artist

To look through the eyes of a camera is a different way of seeing. The beauty in our world is so overwhelming and in abundance. The challenge is to grasp a very small part of it through a very small lens. But I love and enjoy the process, and am in awe over and over again about my Creator. Whether it is nature or people, He is the master artist.