I am a complete and total shutterbug! I have been “click-happy,” as I call it, since I was a child. I love to have a camera in my hands. In the days when we still had film, I would buy two or three dozen rolls whenever I went on vacation. Today, with digital photography, I don’t have to worry about the cost of buying or developing film. As a result, I easily take 2000 photos a week when I’m traveling.
My mom used to say, “Why do you take so many pictures? You always have your camera out. Why not just look at things?”
I didn’t know at first why I was such a shutterbug. But I realized over time that my photography is a way for me to capture the beauty of God’s creation. It is one of the ways that I express my praise and thanksgiving to God for what he has made. Because, through the creation, I hear the voice of God. I learn about him. I learn about life. I grow and change into his likeness.
This is what the psalmist is talking about in Psalm 19 when he wrote:
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
And Paul, in Romans 1, reminds us:
“That which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.”
Do you hear it? God has revealed himself through his creation. Everything on this earth is singing praise to God. It is speaking to us about the Creator.
Today, take a few minutes to listen to this eloquent, yet silent voice of the creation – let what you see speak to your heart and connect you with God.