Monday, January 23, 2012

In Focus

If you've been keeping up with my recent posts, you're well aware that I'm in the midst of learning how to use my camera in manual shooting mode. When I starting taking those first few pictures back in August after purchasing my camera, I was struck by one main thought...

... my camera replicates how my eyes see!

This is not a new revelation to the scientific world, I'm sure! My theory is that camera inventors used ideas from how our eye was designed by our Creator God and applied those abilities to cameras. I really should look this up to learn the similarities between how our eyes work and how a camera works...(however, it is doubtful that the scientific world would credit God with any design...)

But, for now, we're gonna go with what I'm discovering through my photography journey. Take a look at something near you and only look at that object. Do you see how your eye focuses on that object and the surroundings start to blur out the more you focus?

I never thought about this idea until I started seeing the world through my pictures. Let's just stop here a moment and ponder the awesome creativity of God... He thought of this!!! Not scientists and inventors...they're borrowing the original idea from God!

And now, my mind begins to think on this... What if I lived my life in focus with God? That He was the one main focus in my life? That's not to say that I would ignore the rest of life's responsibilities, of course.

But, what if... What if I spent my days with God as my focus? Don't you think that I'd begin to see life like He does? That I would begin to love like He does? That I would think less of myself and what I want to see other's needs? That I would respond like He does? That I would encourage, train, and correct like He does?

Life unimportant, unnecessary would blur out...

WOW! This feels like a big revelation to me...something completely related to my God given interests, abilities, and the creativity. This has impact!!!

In recent months, I feel like I am becoming more "me" than ever before. Most of this has come as a result of allowing myself to pursue my creative interests, photography and otherwise. God has designed me this way and it is good to be pursuing it all! If this focus idea is all I get out of my photography journey, then I will count it well worth the investment of time and money.

And God will receive the glory for this revelation that is turning my heart and mind more toward Him everyday...

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Colossians 3


Olivia said...

That comparison of the lens and function of a camera to how God created our eyes to 'see' does indeed transpose to our Spirit that only functions as God designed when we allow Him to indwell and fill us so that we 'see Spiritually' and then He does His work through us! Our Spirit is the vessel He uses to represent all that He is to those who are watching us!

I really enjoyed the pictures of Mike in this post. What a guy!

The one with Sadie (not in pink) is adorable! What a cute froggie, too.

Linda said...

THAT IS A COOL PICTURE OF THE FROG. I really like how the frog's scales are right there with the soft hair. The comparison is quite extraordinary. It is cooler than cool. Your words and thoughts are beautiful. LOVE this post!!! Linda

Carol said...

I am from the SnapShop class - your pictures look great, and it is a great comparison to the way God created us to see. Thanks for sharing. I have posted some pictures of my learning on my blog as well, if you want to check them out.

AshleyAnn said...

Great shots...and you have summed up one of the reasons I love photography so much!

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