The Big Picture Is Always Bigger Than You Can Picture
Words By Laura Saler
Photography for me is many things: a fun thing I do in my spare time, a source of income, a gift from God. But more than all of this, in my own way, it is the ability to worship.
It began as a creative outlet but as I developed skills in the area and spent more time doing it, the way I saw life through the lens turned into a way of life itself. I’d always be looking for the beauty in things to capture the perfect image, but then I’d take my eye away from the camera and realise the world would still look the same: simply beautiful.
God began to show me that if you seek beauty in this world, you’ll find it – you just need to look through the right lens: the lens that sees God’s touch in all creation.
So I started to see God differently as my focus shifted from the external to the eternal and it brought an incredible amount of perspective to life. I was in total awe and wonder of the power and greatness of God. It was humbling realising how small (but not insignificant) I was to God.
One particular thing God taught me is that ‘the big picture is always bigger than you can picture’ - and it’s so true! When you think of the bigger picture, think again... It’s a never-ending cycle. And God, still, will always be bigger. Worry and fear flee when ‘God being on the throne’ turns from head-knowledge to heart-knowledge.
My life has been completely impacted by my journey with God through photography. I am completely inspired by the adventure and driven by the chase to find God in it all. My relationship with Him has gone to new depths as I’ve opened wide the door to my heart. He came straight in and began teaching me about His character, whispering sweet truths in my ear as the examples of the life before me related straight back to the words being placed in my heart.
It's funny what happens when you take a moment to stop and smell the roses. When you include God in the picture, your focus becomes less about how beautiful the roses smell - although, they totally captivate you by engaging your senses - and rather, your focus sets on the creator of all those beautiful things.
My favourite verse in the Bible has always been and will forever be this:
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4
Engaging all you are and all you have with God will take you on the most wonderful and adventurous journey – nothing could ever compare. Photography for me is something I love, but more than that, it is a catalyst for me to explore the heart of God and live this life, this gift, to the full.