Diana's Homeschool Blog

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Eyes to See


Last Saturday, my husband and I took a boat trip from the harborfront in Seattle, through the Ballard Locks, and into Lake Union. What a treat! It was a beautiful afternoon, and I had my camera ready and waiting for some gorgeous shots.



You know, living in the Pacific Northwest means that we have rainy mist and clouds for much of the year. Mt. Rainier, which is our premier mountain, is often invisible due to weather. But when it shows itself, the sight is spectacular!




Notice the difference between the photo on the left and the photo on the right.  What is missing?  You can barely see the outline of Mt. Rainier on the right. In fact, if you didn't know it was there, you might not even notice the "smudge" that is a mountain.



So what's up with that? Where did the mountain go?



It's something I'm learning about my camera. If I hold the lens in a certain way, I can capture the lighting just right, and the photo will be amazing. If I hold the lens less carefully, the view is completely different, pedestrian, and even boring.



Weird.



And, yet, it is a fabulous analogy of how we view our own lives.



When I look at my current circumstances, if I hold the lens of my heart just right, I can see God's fingerprints, His goodness shaping my experience.



If I hold the lens of my heart less carefully, the view is completely different. In fact, it might seem as though God was nowhere in sight.




I had a similar experience two weeks ago.



We went to Gasworks Park in Seattle, to celebrate my son's birthday. I had hoped to get some spectacular sunset shots on this gorgeous evening, but my first attempts were less than satisfactory.



As I kept fiddling with my camera, trying different angles to catch the light, I found that if I was very careful, with my camera turned to the right exposure, I could actually capture something breathtaking.



This is what keeps coming to my heart about the reality of life on this planet. It is like the analogy of the two photos. From one angle:



Difficult things happen.



We may be discouraged, diasppointed, tired, broke.



Life may look dull.



Our prayers may seem to hit the ceiling and splash back into our wounded hearts.



From another angle:



He is faithful.  He is merciful. He is kind. He is good. He loves us completely and without measure. He is wise. And He is working something good for us in the midst of it all.



May He give us the grace and courage to adjust the lens of our heart to see His work in our lives.



 




     Psalm 34:4-8



I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.



They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.



This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.



The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.



Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him."



 


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Comments 13

Guest - Carrie on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:12

You are speaking right to my heart friend...
Thanks for the reminders, encouragements, the exhortations, the cheering me on...you are precious!
Love, 
C~

You are speaking right to my heart friend... Thanks for the reminders, encouragements, the exhortations, the cheering me on...you are precious! Love,  C~
Guest - dwaring on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:33

Thanks, Carrie. You are precious to me, as well.


Continuing to trust,


Diana

Thanks, Carrie. You are precious to me, as well.

Continuing to trust,

Diana

Guest - Penney Douglas on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:38

Great analogy and illustrations!  Wow, we need to pray for eyes to see His blessings.  And some of the biggest blessings are these children of ours.  And our husbands.  I heard your interview with Heidi St. John from WatchTalk today.  I really enjoyed it, and one thing she said really struck me.  People ride in airplanes today and they're 30,000 ft. in the air.  People are complaining about their knees touching the seat in front of them and other little irritations.  Why aren't they exclaiming, "I'm flying!  This is amazing!"? 
We get used to our children and husband and take them for granted.  How we feel about our life depends on what we focus on.
And the lens we see our life through.

Great analogy and illustrations!  Wow, we need to pray for eyes to see His blessings.  And some of the biggest blessings are these children of ours.  And our husbands.  I heard your interview with Heidi St. John from WatchTalk today.  I really enjoyed it, and one thing she said really struck me.  People ride in airplanes today and they're 30,000 ft. in the air.  People are complaining about their knees touching the seat in front of them and other little irritations.  Why aren't they exclaiming, "I'm flying!  This is amazing!"?  We get used to our children and husband and take them for granted.  How we feel about our life depends on what we focus on. And the lens we see our life through.
Guest - Penney Douglas on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:41

I'm in the middle of listening to Heidi's interview today.  I can't believe she was able to do it in spite of the RV situation she was experiencing!  She must really be a trooper!

I'm in the middle of listening to Heidi's interview today.  I can't believe she was able to do it in spite of the RV situation she was experiencing!  She must really be a trooper!
Guest - dwaring on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:16

I agree, Penney!  Heidi IS a trooper, and a very heartfelt speaker.  I know her personally, and I can vouch for that!

I agree, Penney!  Heidi IS a trooper, and a very heartfelt speaker.  I know her personally, and I can vouch for that!

Guest - Tara on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:09

Fantastic analogy, Diana, and a great reminder too! It is also the perspective you give so well in your history audios. History looks very different, and makes more sense when seen through the lens of God's story of redemption.
Bless you!!
P.S. Great sunset photo!!!!

Fantastic analogy, Diana, and a great reminder too! It is also the perspective you give so well in your history audios. History looks very different, and makes more sense when seen through the lens of God's story of redemption. Bless you!! P.S. Great sunset photo!!!!
Guest - dwaring on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 17:07

Thanks, Tara!  I love analogies. . . And thanks for enjoying my sunset photo.  I was SO grateful to capture that moment. 


Diana

Thanks, Tara!  I love analogies. . . And thanks for enjoying my sunset photo.  I was SO grateful to capture that moment. 

Diana

Guest - Bernie on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 21:39

Oh, Diana!
just beautiful and inspiring. I need to hear that every day, to re-focus my heart and mind on eternal things.
 
 

Oh, Diana! just beautiful and inspiring. I need to hear that every day, to re-focus my heart and mind on eternal things.    
Guest - Barbara on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:11

Oh Diana, this is so true even in our situation:
He is faithful.  He is merciful. He is kind. He is good. He loves us completely and without measure. He is wise. And He is working something good for us in the midst of it all.

Oh Diana, this is so true even in our situation: He is faithful.  He is merciful. He is kind. He is good. He loves us completely and without measure. He is wise. And He is working something good for us in the midst of it all.
Guest - dwaring on Friday, 02 September 2011 10:38

Ah, Barbara,


I had you and Craig in my thoughts as I wrote this. Much love to you.


Diana

Ah, Barbara,

I had you and Craig in my thoughts as I wrote this. Much love to you.

Diana

Guest - Stephanie on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 11:36

Hi Diana,  
Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging post, and your photos are beautiful.  I am encouraged this morning.  :-)
 Stephanie

Hi Diana,   Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging post, and your photos are beautiful.  I am encouraged this morning.  :-)  Stephanie
Guest - dwaring on Friday, 02 September 2011 10:38

Thanks, Stephanie!

Thanks, Stephanie!

Guest - Jack on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:31

A good word.
Thanks.

A good word. Thanks.
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