While I was away from Zambia this past month or so, my husband was sneakily ordering a birthday present for me, and I came home to a brand new camera! I am not a photographer by any means, but I am enjoying the process of capturing the beauty around me. This camera has reminded me of God’s glory that is all around us. So, the first night I was home, we decided to test out my new camera during a walk around the neighborhood. I was amazed in a new way by beauty of our home, and I appreciated even more after being away for so long.
Photo Credit: Drew West
Literally, through this new lens we were able to see beauty in what used to seem like the most normal of places. God’s glory was captured in our neighborhood when we took the time to sit and admire it.
If God can show Himself to me through the beauty of the earth, how much more then does He call upon man, created in His image, to display His glory as well.
“The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,
and he has spoken,
he has summoned all humanity
from where the sun rises to where it sets.”
How often I forget to take in the beauty around me, and how often I forget to answer the call of God on my life. As circumstances, locations, vocations, family and friends are changing all around me, how do I cling to the God who is secure beyond the shadow of a doubt?
I must first remember that it’s not about me.
Photo Credit: Drew West
“It is not important who does the planting. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:7
As Christians we can get super busy planting and watering and working hard without actually acknowledging where true credit is due. God’s glory is not a reward for all of our hard work and striving after the things we have been given in this life. Yes, we must be faithful. Yes, we must be good stewards of what He has given us. Yes, we are to seek to live like His example. But what is it that He truly desires?
“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God
And keep the vows you make to the Most High,
Then call on me when you are in trouble,
And I will rescue you,
And you will give me glory.”
According to the Psalmist here, His desire is for us to live our lives in our rightful position next to him. No matter how hard we work, we are entitled to nothing. Our thankfulness is owed to Him for every good and perfect thing, ability, or circumstance. We must acknowledge our need for Him. That’s what gives Him glory.
May we open our eyes to His beauty.
May we open our mouths to give Him praise.
May we open our hearts to be rescued.
May we give Him glory in all that we do.
God taught me so much in being still enough to take a picture. Where is He calling you to pause this week, and open yourself up to His glory?