I started my photography class last night. It was three hours of new information and I soaked it up like a sponge.
But one of the most interesting things I learned had nothing to do with taking amazing photos and everything to do with seeing the world through God’s eyes.
If you’ve ever studied photography you probably know that the very first “camera” was actually a room. The room was completely dark with all the windows taped shut, and not a speck of light coming in. Then on one wall a tiny hole was made, letting in the outside light. As that light streamed through the hole it projected the image from outside the room onto the opposite wall. The process was called “camera obscura” and looked something like this:
However, when the image came in it was upside down and backwards.
Isn’t this just how it is with the light of God?
This world is filled with darkness and when we show the love of Christ, we poke a hole in that darkness and let the light of God in. The image often confuses people.
Why would we show love to our enemies?
Why would we turn the other cheek instead of getting revenge?
Why would would give generously without expecting anything in return?
The life God calls us to live often seems upside down and backwards compared to the selfish ways of the world, doesn’t it?
But just like light shining through a tiny hole and projecting an image of beauty, everyday we have the opportunity to display the love and beauty of God in a world of darkness.
How can you poke a tiny hole in that dark shroud this week?
A kind word, a warm hug, a smile. Or perhaps it will be something a little more confusing to the world – forgiveness when someone hasn’t asked, love when someone shows hatred, generosity without receiving gratitude.
“The people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.” – Matthew 4:16