"My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare."―Psalm 25:15, NIV
I am a third generation artist, and for an artist a camera is an indispensable tool. My introduction to serious photography began in college. I am not sure how many cameras I have owned since then, but I know I have driven my family senseless snapping photographs. I sport my camera daily like a wrist watch―not wanting to miss a moment of God’s spontaneous entries on the pages of my life.
Even now as I write, a butterfly has become entangled in a spider’s web outside the window only inches from my desk. Because my camera is within reach, I am able to capture another divinely orchestrated moment. This unassuming creature is oblivious to the fact that it is being held captive by not one, but two predators―a spider and the unrelenting lens of my camera.
The butterfly sits motionless as if to assess its unexpected turn of events. I too am still. It flutters but only for a split second. No panic or frantic display of energy is exhibited; simply one brief effort to see, if indeed, it is caught. Powerless to fly, it submits to its tethered state. I continue to maintain my vigil. Then, a sudden burst of wind shakes the web. Its captive is set free.
Life throws unexpected difficulty our way. We spend countless hours and energy trying to free ourselves from discomfort. Perhaps, like the butterfly, we would spend less time in captivity and with minimal after effects if we simply chose to be still and allowed God to intervene. Our unyielding efforts only ensnare us further and cause us to miss what God ultimately desires for us to see.
God desires for us to know him―to capture our hearts through any means, at any place and at any time. He wants to manifest himself not only through the obvious but through what, upon first glance, we perceive as ordinary.
Take a second look at your surroundings and allow life to come clearly into focus. Look beyond the obvious, and expectantly wait for God to speak. He longs to capture your heart.
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