A few days ago I decided to take some photos of these precious tiny purple flowers that grow around here. While I was processing the photos I got the idea to compare my new purple flower pics with some pics that I had taken over a year ago. These little flowers were among my first attempts at photography. So, I took a look. I was delightfully surprised to see that my photog skills have indeed improved which is nice to know but even better to see in living color.
My first attempt at photographing the purple flowers.
Later that evening as the sun was setting I stepped outside and was enjoying the beautiful Arizona sunset. As I looked around I started noticing how the sun played on the leaves of the trees or the flowers or the rocks and the grass. It was as if I had stood out there many times over but never saw the way the sun danced on objects below. I stood in a moment of amazement watching a brand new beauty unfold around me. As I was gazing at this new-found love I realized that I was seeing this brand new world because of my endeavor in photography. I’ve been trying to experiment with the settings on my camera as well as playing with shadows and light. Then it hit me. If I had never pursued my photography dream would I ever see this whole new perspective? I don’t think so.
This set the wheels in motion in my brain. How odd that I can look at the very same landscape that I have seen for 14 yrs and suddenly see so much more. All it took to unlock this new layer of beauty in my world was a simple step of faith and trust that I could follow my dreams. True, my photography skills are improving. Could it be that my perception of this brilliant world is improving as well? I was in awe at how my vision was expanding with just one little step of faith.
Of course this led me to ponder other steps of faith. What about those unexpected changes that force us to grow? I have a very dear friend who had a gigantic monkey wrench thrown at her last week. Immediately it felt as if it had the potential to undo all the bolts of her life. It’s thrown her whole family into a state of uncertainty. This unwelcome change adds stress and worry to every day. But I can’t help but wonder what else can it add? Can it add a brand new beauty to her life? When the trial is over will she and her family relish in the delight of deeper faith and the knowledge that the world is so much more breathtaking place than she ever would have imagined before this forced season of expansion? I believe with God it can.
I think about Annie, the wonder dog. I was so against getting a dog. Never wanted one in my adult life. However once I trusted God and brought my dear little Annie home, my whole world changed in an absolutely marvelous way. My mind grew and my heart followed into the precious world of the unrequited love of a dog. My life is richer. No, even better, I am a richer person. All it took was to have the courage to take that baby step of faith, a daring leap into an unknown world and *poof* life is so much more than I ever imagined.
Those same purple flowers after a little practice
And what of our hopes and dreams? All those tiny seeds of greatness that are planted within our spirits. What if they are not just our dreams but our pathway to know God more and lead us to a greater heavenly understanding of this world we live in? I wonder, what happens when just don’t pursue our dreams but we chase them as if chasing God himself? What wonders lie dormant in those small seeds of destiny? We may never know if don’t water them with a little faith, courage and sometimes a daring baby step.
I think we can easily let our fears keep us from the adventure of discovery and the treasures that we may find there. But it would be a shame to let fear rob us of the good has God in store for us. So, face your fears. Embrace your change. Water your dreams. Take a step of faith, even if it’s only a baby step!