Don’t Miss the Beauty of God

June 12, 2010 at 3:39 am 1 comment

Seven years ago, I [my dad] got a Nikon camera.  I had no experience or training, but I played around with it. 

I got an unexpected result that went beyond great photographs.  Composing a photo of a butterfly or hibiscus bloom forced me to stop and see the beauty of God.  Instead of barely noticing a flower I passed by, I would stop and focus on the intricate detail and brilliant colors. 

One of the books I read captures this idea in its title – it’s called “The Art of Seeing”.  Great photographers are great not because of fancy equipment, but because they see things others ignore.

Here’s why this is important and relevant: God is a God of truth, beauty, and goodness.  We hear a lot about God’s goodness, and a lot about His truth – but you can’t pick and choose his characteristics, and His beauty is equally important and equally present.  Sadly, we easily miss it. 

My camera was one of the tools that taught me to see the beauty of God and the beauty displayed in his creation.  Photography may do nothing for you.  But learn to draw…or sing…or dance…learn to make art so you can see His beauty. 

In some ways, our world is like dirty water in a large bucket.  We want to clean it.  We’re adept at identifying and protesting the dirt, which is important, but we also need to add more water.  If all we do is complain about the dirt, we’re wasting energy, making a lot of noise, and doing nothing to help clean the bucket.  But adding clean water helps flush out the dirt and replace the dirty water.  That’s adding beauty and goodness to the truth.  And that’s where you come in. 

Learn to paint – or whatever your preferred art form is – so you don’t miss the beauty of God.  If you learn to see it, it will change you.  And it will help you to offer beauty back to the world.

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  • 1. Joanna  |  June 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This is so true! Thanks, dear, for posting this series. It’s been so encouraging and thought-provoking (yes, tell your father that).

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