Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Up Close and Personal

See! The winter is past; the rains are come and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

I have been inspired.

(Uh oh, watch out world!)

Facebook friends with cameras are sharing eye-boggling, extreme closeup photography of buds, blooms and bugs. The clarity and beauty they capture with their lens cause me to slow down, look closer, and see each detail of God's creation.

And I had a longing to pick up a camera and collect some beauty myself.

Mere inches from the blossom, a one-inch masterpiece fills the viewfinder. Branches and limbs and leaves blur into a misty background as the subject becomes the full focus. With the right camera setting, the right lighting, and a still hand, each detail comes to life

Has it occurred to you that that's how God sees each one of us?

You are but one single grain of sand in the expanse of earth's shores, one blurry star blending in with a multitude in the Milky Way. One blade of grass amidst an ocean of sod.

But when you call on God, He draws near to you, He focuses on you. Not a shadow shifts in His periphery when your face fills His eyes. He sees each and every hair on your head - and with even clearer focus than the best camera.

He only has eyes for you.

For what great nation has a god as near to them
as the LORD our God is near to us
whenever we call on him?
Deuteronomy 4:7

So open your eyes to the Lord, draw near to Him, and let God fill your heart's viewfinder. The closer you get to Him, the clearer He becomes.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers
that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow,
he will certainly care for you.
Matthew 6:30


  1. LOVE these images - the photographic ones, AND the literary. Beautiful.

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!
    Beautiful blog!!

  3. Thank you, Jo and Cheryl. This was an 'Aha' moment for me that I couldn't wait to share.

  4. Love the incredibly beautiful pictures and the vision of God seeing me up close and personal - and loving me anyway. Thank you!



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