“Ears that hear and eyes that see — the LORD has made them both.”
Proverbs 20:12 (NIV)
I’ve reached the point where I rarely go anywhere without a camera. I share pictures on social media so often that some may wonder if I actually do anything other than take photographs. Surprising as it may seem to some, I don’t spend a lot of time taking photos. I have simply learned to use my camera as a personal worship tool as often as possible.
I receive a lot of compliments on my photos and the beauty they capture, as well as a few questions about where I find the subjects for my photos. My “secret” isn’t that complicated! While I do visit parks and scenic places when possible, nearly all of my pictures are taken in places where people pass by on a regular basis, often never seeing the things that I notice. I consider the noticing of these things, and the capture of them in photos, to be a part of my personal worship of God as I continually marvel at His handiwork and creativity.
The photos at the top of this article are an example. The picture on the left is the seed head of a water-lily blossom that I noticed at a public garden. The resemblance to a shower head caught my attention. While the water-lily in full bloom next to it probably was the subject of many photos that day, I wonder how many even noticed the beauty of the seed head. The picture on the right was taken as I walked down the city sidewalk on a family vacation. These sand lizards are everywhere in Florida, yet when I saw this one on top of a small accent light he seemed to be begging to have his picture taken. My wife joked about the Floridians probably thinking I was crazy to be taking a picture of something so common. Yet it caught my eye and reminded me of the amazing God I serve and worship.
So, what do you pass by on a daily basis that ought to be prayer prompts and worship reminders yet are never even noticed? What can you start doing that will help you better use the eyes and ears that the Lord has created? For me, I am continually tuning my eyes and ears to see and hear the wonders of God all around me!