April 7, 2013 by Jess
It was a crazy weekend of commitments, crises, a family bike ride ending in a kid crash and after-hours doctor visit… nothing was going quite as we intended. So on Sunday afternoon we decided to get out of town, to take 2 hours and just drive over the hill out of the city and breath some fresh air for a bit.
Up on the hilltop the cloudy afternoon was letting the sunlight filter through leading to some amazing views in every direction. I was so glad to have the camera along.
It was so refreshing to lift ones eyes from the pressures of a busy weekend, to admire the beautiful canvas of the great artist and creator of everything. The views were familiar, yet in this particular light they looked new. The light changing the appearance and mood of the landscape before us.
Light has significant impact in a landscape and the Bible tells us it has a significant impact on ones soul as well. In the beginning God spoke and creation began. What did he make first? Light. Light has been a significant part of His revealed story ever since. The Bible is packed with stories of light or of its absence. At Easter we have just recalled the darkness, absence of light, that fell upon the earth at the death of Jesus Christ. This physical light directing our attention toward a less visible spiritual light.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
This is a light that changes our whole canvas, or perspective. For those who have had the light of the ‘knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ shone into their hearts, everything is different. Things that have loomed huge before, daily worries, sickness, enemies that appear to press in on every side, death… these things look different when this light illumines ones life. In the face of Jesus Christ is one who has conquered death, who cares for his own as a shepherd cares for his sheep, who heals the sick, who brings justice… Those who have this light illumining their lives know that death has no hold, they know that death is not the end, that they have a strong and secure hope in Jesus Christ (Heb 6:19).
My delight as a photographer is to experiment in different lights. To go back and see the familiar in a new way, to capture new and wonderful scenes all because of a change of light is exhilarating. Yet we cannot see the light of the ‘knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ by experimentation, or by hunting it out. This is a God given gift. It is He who shines it in hearts. What can we do? We can ask and seek. He delights to give good gifts. Come and ask Him to shine this light into your life, then stand back and watch as he illumines your life with new light, the light of Jesus Christ.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
Psalm 17:15 (ESV)
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