“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams
Focus. That’s this week’s word for the weekly photo challenge.
And I am anything but focused. Distractions abound. They flit in and out of my sight like the fireflies flickering in my yard once darkness descends. Now you see them, now you don’t. Sparkle. Look there. No… twinkle….look there.
So many things require my attention, yet I can’t stay focused because it’s hard to juggle all the balls when you’re not centered. When you can’t concentrate because there are just too many balls and you’re the one who’s out of sync. You’re the one who can’t zone in on the task at hand. The uncertainties, the what-ifs, threaten to take over and you have to come to grips. You must focus.
As an amateur and hobbyist photographer, I know how vital focus is. When you ‘see’ a photo-worthy shot, you must decide where the focus will be. Is it on the ray of sunshine coming through the window or the tiny dust motes you can only see glinting in the sunlight? Do you focus on the rose, the bud, the leaf, or the thorn?
And will your camera capture what you see? Can you narrow the focus to show what made the picture worth taking in the first place?
There’s a parallel between photography and life. Both thrive on focus.
When my focus is shattered into a thousand directions, I feel so out of control. And I have to rein in that panicked, blurred sense of chaos to concentrate on the truth that I know. I am not in control, God is. And He is far more capable of handling everything than I am.
I have a request for those of you who are prayer warriors. I ask that you pray for my daughter as she has surgery today. It’s nothing life-threatening, but she’s been experiencing pain that has kept her focused on her infirmity….and her mama focused on worrying about her.
When my vision is blurred by worry and fear, I must keep my eyes on and my heart tuned to my Savior and centered on my faith. And that is true focus.
“When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.” ~ Charles Stanley