Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
I have a Friend, Blake, he takes amazing pictures; he captures images that some artists can only dream about painting. I have often told him when I see his pictures I see God. I feel like I’m in the presence of a Van Gogh, or Leonardo. When you talk to Blake you will find humbleness, gentleness, and a wealth of knowledge of capturing the perfect shot. (More than I can comprehend.) One of the things he will be quick to tell you, despite what camera you’re using, is it’s all about the light. He will tell you about shutter speed and how that when you slow it down it will capture the most light possible.. Also he will inform you to shoot RAW, not JPEG, to capture all the color and light possible. I just love that! (I love his pictures, as you can tell if you have read any of my blogs.) If you a shoot Raw you can capture the most color and light, with the right shutter speed, to make even a photo in the darkness of night seem like as it was in the light.. Catch it.. This is why I love his pictures..
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:2
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19
Blake is helping the world around him see the Beauty he sees. Even though it is all around us, we don’t catch it unless he shows it to us. See, we are busy. Our eyes are on other things. We aren’t looking what is being shown. We have eyes but we aren’t seeing.. The world needs Blakes.
What are we, as Christians, showing the world around us? What are they seeing? What are WE seeing? Do we see the darkness around us? IF we do, do we hide from it? Are we showing and capturing the beauty and color around us for a world to see? I think we need to adjust our shutter speed. We need to slow down, wait. Not rush head long in to the next big thing and miss the beauty in front of us. I think we need to start shooting in RAW, not putting on our “church clothes” on Sunday playing church, but not living like Christ. We need to live our lives in RAW, so that everyone around us can see the light and beauty we have to display in this darken world.
There is actually great beauty in the night, but you have to be willing to search for it. Wait upon the moment. Look around.. To often we run to something else and are easily persuaded to brighter things that are already glowing. Something that doesn’t take so much effort, something we don’t have to readjust our settings for. Something we can shoot in Jpeg and not RAW. RAW you see, takes more Memory. RAW isn’t as simple as JPEG. You have to work with it before you can use the image. You have to download software to manipulate and edit it. But with JPEG it is so simple, so shallow, you just point and click and can post immediately. But!! You can’t capture the true colors. You can’t expose the riches of the hidden treasures. Isn’t that so much like true discipleship? We want to do JPEG because anyone and everyone is doing it. It’s not as hard, doesn’t take up as much time or space, and we can take a lot more shots. It is when we are shooting RAW, discipling in truth, that we capture the deep and hidden beauty normally passed by. We invest that time and that energy so that all the Color and Beauty can be exposed in that picture, that soul.
There is great beauty all around us. We only need to capture it. The world will see the light when we expose it, in RAW, when we display it! We are “the light of the world.” We are, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” See, people don’t “light a lamp and put it under a basket.” No!!! They Light it and put it on a “stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Maybe if we were the light, people would see the beauty. The Shadows. The colors reflecting with the various particles and elements displaying a splendor that only a Creator can create. Let our lights Shine. Let our images be captured and framed so that people may see the art of the Creator and Glorify our Heavenly Father.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
We show them images. We show them Christ. We shine as the light at night, not to blind, but to wash into Color that which has been hidden by the darkness for so long. Let the images we leave, the shots we take, reflect the glory and splendor of the One who is the Father of Light. For light itself is made up of colors and there are many forms of light displaying the various hues. The Son, sun, being the brightest.. But even the Stars have their glow, and moon shine forth from the reflection of the Son, sun, so we to each have our place. We each shine in darkness. It is our nature to do so. Let it be that we use this light to bring beauty to darkness. Rays of Hope in the place of shame and regret. Reflect Grace and Mercy, like a rainbow against the stormy sky, showing Forgiveness and love instead of blame and condemnation.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you..(Ephesians 4:32)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”(Matthew 5:16)