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Reflections

This shot was definitely a spur of the moment, but at that one moment, there was no wind, the suns placement was perfect, the water was still, and my handy dandy point and shoot was patiently waiting in my pocket.  After looking at this shot, I realized that there seems to be something about a reflection that is attractive to the human eye. Although this shot is a very simple shot and was in every sense relatively easy to capture, the presence of the clear reflection in the shot immediately captures the eyes attention.  The question I then asked myself was, where and what does the natural eye focus on first when looking at for example this picture of a reflection.  I found myself “reflecting” back to when I first recognized the presence of the mirrored image before I took the shot.  I realized that my path of vision first started by refocusing on one tree within the reflection, and then immediately the reality and presence of the entire reflection on the pond came into view.  My brain translated the image, defined the line of symmetry, and then put the words “wow thats sweet!!” into my mouth.  Its kinda like when one zooms back out with his or her camera and it suddenly and automatically refocus on the broadened view. Of course with the brain, all of this happens in about 3 seconds, but yet I find it truly fascinating! It only increases my testimony that God is in every sense real, and that He has blessed us with these amazing bodies.

Now as I pondered over the image and concept of a reflection, a beautiful analogy unfolded in my head, and I understood more fully that because Christ often taught using parables, the people had a deeper understanding of the Gospel.  There are two points that I would like to make regarding reflections and the Gospel:

1. Often times we do not recognize whats in front of us and we have to readjust our eyes in order to get the whole “picture”.  The Gospel plays a key role in our lives. It unfolds God’s plan for us. It gives purpose to our lives. It revolves around our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and as such, as a member of His church I am striving to follow His example.  Everything we do, every day, every choice, takes us somewhere.  Sadly, satan is very real, and in every sense he influences the world in which we live. As sons and daughters of God, we have to remember IMG_1365what is most important, we have to reajust our eyes every once in a while, always remembering who we are and who we can become.  Dont let the distractions of the world change our perspective and lose sight of whats most important. Eternity is a long time, and this life is short.  How broad is our view, how eternal is our perspective?

2. Our lives are a reflection and there are many influences that can and do distort it.  However the object or subject of the reflection, will always be there.  Just like Christ will always be there to lift us up when we our lives are distorted, by Satan and his followers.  One stone may only cause a slight rift in the reflection, but many stones can quickly ruin the reflection altogether.  Our reflection, our countenances, must be sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Alma 5:19  “I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?”

Is the reflection of Christ engraven upon ourselves? He is the Light, the way, and the perfect example.  As sons and daughters of God, our reflections can become clear as we live the Gospel.

A New Perspective

Life is a blessing. The fact that we can live and breath on this beautiful Earth is a blessing.  Thanks to a loving God each of us has talents, and thanks to this mortal life we can find immense joy from using these talents.  We must use these God given talents, and in fact in the Bible we are taught to “neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy…” (1 Timothy 4:14).  To be honest, I love technology, and I feel blessed with the talent and ability to easily understand and use technology and social media.  It has always been a passion of mine, and 6 weeks ago when I was called to be an online missionary, I was beyond excited to find my niche within this cyber world of flowing information, opinions, etc..

Being a Missionary, this call to work online did not suddenly give me the freedom to surf my Facebook news feed or to get lost in the advertisements and distractions of the media, but instead gave me the privilege of helping others find happiness through Christ by using this miracle of social media as a tool and resource. Because of this technology, I can now share spiritual thoughts, videos, and insights at the click of a button, sharing with the world this amazing Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it is so amazing that I can fulfill my purpose of inviting others to come unto Christ through modern tools like Facebook and honestly it helps me recognize even more God’s hand in all things. I love the fact that I do not have to shy away from technology, but instead embrace it with a new perspective. Everything happens for a reason, technology, Facebook, the world of social media, and God intends for us to do amazing things with them, however it is up to us.

This is the inspiration and desire that I have for this blog. Everything is the way it is for a reason; trees grow towards the heavens with their roots firmly held, light chases dark no matter the environment, wind isn’t tangible even though we know its there. These undeniable truths are facts to the human mind, bound by the scientific laws of man, but what about the laws of God and Jesus Christ? “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Why do things really happen the way that they do? What is Christ trying to teach us through these analogies that are all around us, and how will changing our perspective help us recognize His message? I love photography and I have also been blessed with a keen eye while using a camera. Perspective is important to me, and in this life it truly correlates with joy as well as gives direction to every photographers hope for a picture. God has an all knowing perspective of love for us, while we have a limited perspective blurred by the effects of mortality. Christ is the lens on our camera and as we look through it, He guides our perspective, focuses our image, and then broadens our view. He is literally the perfect metaphorical lens and when we look through it, we more clearly understand God’s hand in all things.

My question to you, fellow photographer, reader, blogger, etc., is that if Christ looked through your camera and took pictures, what would He see and what would He take pictures of? How does He change our perspective?