When The View Changes

I looked out of the window well before sunrise and saw clouds covering the desert sky. Instantly, I knew this sunrise had the potential for a beautiful photo shoot. I grabbed my Nikon D810, three of my favorite Nikkor lenses, my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, and my tripod and ventured out into the cold desert chill, anticipating a great time viewing God’s glory through the lenses of my cameras.

It was indeed freezing cold. I knew what I had to do. I drove to Starbucks and got a nice hot steaming cup of coffee to brace me against the wind.

I looked to the east again and thought, “The cloud cover is so great that the sun may not light up those clouds. What I need is to look for another view.” And then it came to me. Sometimes the sun lights up the mountains in the west and brings glow and color to the clouds. Sure enough, as I drove to some of my secret places to shoot Mt. San Jacinto, I saw the snow-covered mountains begin to light up. As I parked, I saw the clouds beginning to take on that pink glow that all photographers seek. I grabbed a sip of coffee and quickly scouted the best location. Then, with gear in hand, I set up my tripod, composed the shots, and began capturing images.

It was then that it came to me how much like life it is out there in the early morning watching the sun rise. One view is all darkness, but a simple change of view, catching the sun, brings a glow and beauty to everything.

If everything is all darkness, we need to remember that when the view changes, things don’t look that way anymore. Paul taught the Corinthian church that very important truth and we have it in God’s Word for us today —

So I never give up; instead, although my outer nature is wasting away, my inner nature is constantly renewed from day to day. For this slight and momentary sorrow continues to accumulate for me a solid and eternal glory far beyond any comparison, because I do not keep my eyes on things that are seen but things that are unseen. For things that are seen are temporary, but things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 WMS

What are you looking at these days? If all is darkness for you, affliction and sorrow pouring in on your life, then, dear friend, take some time and be intentional to get a change of view. Look at the unseen, eternal things. Open your Bible and begin drinking in life-giving promises. You might start with the Psalms. As your view changes, so indeed will your heart be transformed and filled with hope.

So today, dear friend, wherever you are, look for the unseen, eternal view. And be blessed as you watch Jesus, the Light of the World, bring beauty and paint amazing color all across the landscape of your life.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: When The View Changes
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  • Description: Watching the sun light up the snow on Mt. San Jacinto early morning in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 01/10/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 92mm, ISO 64, f/11, 1/13sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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