She has an eye.
A unique eye for photography that is.
My daughter's ability to see past the obvious is uncanny, and her talent behind a camera, incorporated with natural lighting is, well, unnatural.
Whether she's photographing a proposal, a wedding, an expectant mother and father, college graduates, or families, my daughter's eye is not the eye of an average onlooker.
I know. I've watched her work, and what I've seen with my natural eye does not even compare with what she's able to capture from behind her lens. The creativity and passion she exhibits with this God-given gift often leaves me with a dropped jaw.
In our Christian life, when we only do life by natural sight ,we miss out on what's happening behind the lens - the lens of faith. Many people think seeing is believing, but on a spiritual journey like ours, when you place your faith in Jesus Christ, believing is seeing.
Past the obvious.
Beyond the ordinary.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7, ESV)
True followers of Christ walk by faith, not by sight. We know where we're going cannot be seen with the human eye. Yet, because of the hope within us built on Jesus Christ, we will see Him as He is in that glorious moment when our faith is made sight.
God knew when He spun this world into motion that we would need faith, not sight, to make it through.
Our eyes will deceive us, especially when we only see what we want to see. But, when we look beyond the visible and capture the invisible with a lens of faith, our whole perspective on life changes.
What do you see as you close the door on another year? How are you envisioning the year ahead? Are you looking past the obvious, beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary? Are you walking out of 2021 and into 2022 by faith or by sight?
My prayer is that you'll see what God wants you to see. That you'll lay down your human eyesight and surrender it to the One who sees and knows all things. That you will walk into the unknown with fresh eyes of faith and a heart full of wonder, awe, and great courage.
Happy New Year, my friend! May God open our eyes to the breath-taking beauty of His holiness.
P. S. If you'd like to check out a behind the lens view of Madison's work, please visit her Facebook page and/or her website.