A few weeks ago I got away for an evening photo shoot. I was a little rusty as I haven't taken time to shoot anything lately but I thoroughly enjoyed just being out there. A preacher friend of mine, Dan Minkler, from Fresno went along and I really enjoyed the fellowship about as much as the photography. By the way, his photos came out much better so I may not invite him again. (lol).
I love taking pictures at night. A night shot like this one requires a longer shutter speed and a tripod. The camera has to remain focused and still in order to capture enough light. In this image the water appears very still and peaceful. It was not. The bridge appears to be quiet and abandoned. It was not. It was actually a busy Saturday night, the wind was ripping through the gate, it was freezing cold, and the water was extremely choppy. It's amazing what the camera can do just by remaining focused and still for a few minutes. It creates a photograph that makes the world look like it is standing still.
In Joshua the 10th chapter, God made the sun and the moon stand still and the scripture records that there has never been a day like that before or since that day. The son and the moon may not stand still for us but perhaps God wants us to stand still every now and then. The truth is, our worlds sometimes feel like they are spinning out of control and we need to find the time to stop and stand still for a few moments. It's amazing how much more peaceful things seem when we, like the camera, remain focused and still for a few minutes. The ways that I stand still and focus are generally by taking the camera out and just enjoying the beautiful things God has surrounded us with or by taking my favorite Bible and my Moleskine journal and just sitting for a few hours in a coffee shop. My world looks so much more peaceful when I stand still and focus like this.
"Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God." Job 37:14 (A great chapter to read in it's entirety)
If your world is spinning out of control don't wait for God to stop the sun and moon and bring everything to a halt. Take some time to "stand still and consider the wondrous works of God". The above photograph was a 30 second exposure. It took 30 seconds to stand still and focus to make the water and the bridge appear far more peaceful. I wonder what our world would look like if we just took 30 seconds every now and then throughout the day to "stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.".