Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hard Right - Rhythm & Routine

Taking a hard right.
Is right hard.

Much easier is fluid motion,
not screeching to a stop
at the end of the movement.

But sometimes,
you have to take that hard right turn
because the road you're headed down
isn't leading to life.

Because I can get stuck in my routine.
Instead of living in rhythm.

Rhythm and routine.
Similar, yet so very different.
Routine is like clockwork,
scheduled and predictable.
Rhythm is fluid, 
like a rubber band,
it has a breaking point and limits,
but it can be stretched.

Show me Lord,
this life of grace
this life of rhythm with You.
Not routine,
which looks like me obsessed with my schedules
or this racing ahead, full throttle,
not able to fluidly change direction
when you nudge me.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

The Invasion of Light

This beautiful lady starts the painting with a dark, black canvas. And we sit, mesmerized, as she transforms this dark background into a picture of beauty and light. 

"You have to see the dark as a back drop enabling you to see how bright the light is," she encourages us, talking of a dark time in her life. The darkest. And how God spoke to her. 

You Lord, keep my lamp burning, my God turns my darkness into light. Psalms  18:28

I've been thinking about this; how dark it seems in life. Walking through some situations that seem like they

That I'm in the proverbial tunnel and I don't see the light at the end.

But now, many, many months later.

I see a glimmer of it.

I'm starting to see how much brighter it is.
All because it was so dark.

He spoke to me the other day:

"Let me invade your life"

Your light invades my darkness
Your love invades my sadness and aching heart
It takes over
  blinding light
Invade - such a powerful word
  to enter for conquest; to permeate.

Let me.
Allow me.
Open the door to Me
and let My light
invade your life.

"Let the Light" by Stephany Gretzinger

©Bob Ross

The Lower You Go

There it was. 
Confirmed in black and white.
The words of an article about the power of perspective in photography. How perspective changes everything when trying to capture a scene, a person, or an event. How you have to move if you want to change your perspective. 

Little did they know the revelation of the power of perspective in life. 
In relating to those around me; involving my attitude, my thoughts, my actions, my heart. 

"Perspective influences a viewer's perception."

They say that shooting up close gives a sense of intimacy and highlights a particular action or detail. Yeah, I need to get close to you to see what's really going on in your life. To get to the heart of the matter.

Shooting wide shows environment. What is this person dealing with today that I can't see because I'm too close, starring at the speck in their eye. Like how rudely someone spoke to me, or treated me, but little do I know how distracted they are over bad news or how much pain they are in.

And when you go low for a photo, it simplifies.

The lower you go

The more unique the picture.
From the lower angle,
from that point of view, 
the perspective

The scenery is so much more beautiful to behold.
Colors and textures appear more distinct.

The article goes on - about how you should walk all the way around the scene or an object to find the perfect view. What at first appears ordinary, can be extraordinary by changing your angle.

Shooting down gives a scaled perspective.
When I look from above, 
I've put myself in a place I don't belong,
higher than all the rest.
And nothing has the same beauty
As when I get low 
Bending on one knee
Perched on a rock
Lying on the ground 
or underneath a railing. 

I need to be low
To make Him bigger
To make the beauty all around
so much larger than life.
To live as a child,
in constant wonder 
of my surroundings,
Stopping to admire every little thing.

As Albert Einstein says, living as if everything is a miracle. 

To get the perspective of a child in photography, you have to shoot low and straight.
It makes perfect sense now. 
This humbling as a child
and seeing the way a child sees the world.
Full of wonder.

A miracle.