There was something about the lighting at the Church of the Multiplication. Both times I’ve visited, the photos I have taken have come out beautifully, and it’s because of the lighting. Perhaps just two times, four years apart, isn’t often enough to declare the good lighting as consistent or reliable, but it made me think about the effect of good lighting…not just on photos but on people’s lives.
Is what I’m doing consistently providing good light by which others can see the beauty and truth of life?
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
If someone is taking photos of my life (and metaphorically-speaking, someone is always watching and noticing…even the people I don’t realize are doing so), am I giving them the best lighting possible by which to see? Am I being authentic? Am I letting God shine through me in a way that highlights the dirt, colors, or pattern He wants someone to see instead of what I think he or she needs to see? Am I available, faithful, and truthful?
I can’t be God’s light if I’m not.
Enjoy a few photos taken with good lighting. I’m not a professional photographer. I don’t have expensive equipment. I wasn’t taking photos of incredibly unusual subjects. Yet there is beauty because of the light. Let the photos remind you of what you can be when you let God shine through you.