For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Ever since my husband, Danny, gave me his "old" camera, the Cannon "Rebel XTi," I've been trying my hand at getting better with photography. I'm slowly improving, but have a long way to go in order to understand all the nuances of capturing the perfect shot. Thank goodness for Photoshop when I'm processing my photos! Many times, this astounding program can transform a mediocre picture into an outstanding one. But, only if the shot is in focus first.
Focus, focus, focus!
And, thank goodness for Danny's assistance! He is an experienced photographer, as you can tell by the photo above, and an extremely patient teacher. Recently, he has the perfect opportunity for a photography tutorial on our vacation to the mountains where we visited, among other attractions, Tom Branch Falls in the Smoky Mountains.
We have been to this place previously, but it is so enchanting, Danny can't resist a return trip to see if he can get even better shots of the falls. While he's fussing with his tripod and waiting for the sun to go behind the clouds so the falling water, white and bright, won't be blown out, I decide to do a bit of roaming to observe our immediate environs. What amazing photo opportunities I find!
Noticing the smallest, seemingly insignificant living and inanimate things around me reminds me that God is in it all. Photography encourages me, calls me, to hone in on objects I might have otherwise missed. Overlooked. Neglected.
To realize that all things are significant in the eyes of our Creator.
Whether I think so, or not, doesn't matter.
It is all important to God.
The One who created it all . . .
The only One to whom thanks and praise belong.
And, we are without excuse when the plenitude and diversity of God's creation is spread out before our eyes each and every day. Even, and especially, in the smallest of things.
Because, think about it. Who are we in light of the universal creation? Aren't we but microscopic blips on God's infinite screen? Aren't we the smallest of things?
Yet, Jesus assures us that God loves and cares for us beyond any measure we can fathom. In His infinite love and grace, we become His children.
More important than the sparrows.
Longer lasting than the lilies of the field.
God's eternal power saves us all when we choose to believe.
To focus, focus, focus on faith.
Prayer: May we see Your mighty hand, Father, in all Your wonderful works, large and small, which You generously display before us. Let them ever remind us in humility that we, too, are small, and be grateful that You love us anyway. Remind us to treat Your creation and one another with the love You have shown to us. Amen.