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Yesterday a friend and I went hiking at a local nature center. I had never been hiking at this particular place and decided to go ahead and bring my camera…and boy am I glad that I did. It was absolutely beautiful! Everything was lush and green…and the lighting was fantastic!
For some reason or another I’ve always been attracted to great light. Those particular moments when it’s not too bright and not too dark. Or watching the light stream in through an open widow or door. I also LOVE looking up. Taking notice of how the light filters through the trees, or just something as simple as a sunset or the clouds in the sky. (There have also been times where I’ve noticed a beautiful sunset and ran out of the building I was in simply to go stare at the sky).
This particular nature center has several little streams and creeks running through it. I enjoyed trying to see if I could catch that glint of light on the water as it shown through the trees. We happened to stop along the trail and just look up. I angled the camera to look up at the leaves and took a photo. Then after looking at the back of the camera I was amazed. It literally looked like someone took a paint bush and painted the back of my camera!
This got me thinking…This world often seems like a very dark place. There’s war, suffering, natural disasters, death, sadness, etc. So many things are out of our control and sometimes it seems that no matter how hard we try the world doesn’t get any better.
But God tells us that this world is full of troubles (John 16:33). He has called us to be the light of the world as He is the light of the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Just as I always look for the light shining through the trees while hiking. We need to be the light shining through the leaves of this dark world.
Until next time,
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