Monday, June 5, 2017

The Greatest Creator (of Them All)

I've listened to Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver sing the song "The Greatest Creator (of them all) many tymes and I've always enjoy it, but today the song rang quite true to me...

Today as I was working on my resume, a less than enjoyable task in my estimation, I started to get rather down on myself and started questioning practically every choice I’ve made over the years. The process began to go down hill rather quickly and I decided it was tyme for a well deserved and much needed break.  I went into the kitchen and started to put some dishes away and tidy up.  As I worked, I happened to glance out the window to check the state of a troubled clematis. Much to my surprise, I saw a little sparrow perched on a decorative ladder that is there for the clematis to climb. I immediately thought it a beautiful picture, but I knew there was no way to get a clean capture of the sight because as soon as I attempted to step out into the clear of day, the bird would likely fly away.

What is a photographer to do? The only window in the kitchen that offered any vantage point had a screen in it, so that option was out - I mean I am a photo editor and I could remove the screen, but really, I do have better uses for my tyme than removing a window screens from a pictures, but I digress.

Moving on, I went to the window in the door of the living room, trying to find a usable angle, but with the door closed, the only possible line of sight was blocked by the lattice work on the porch. I couldn’t open the door in fear I’d startle the bird, so it was tyme to get crafty.

Thankfully, the sparrow remain perched longer than birds tend to and I was able to utilize the zoom, focus and breathing techniques I've developed over the years - yes, breathing. You'd be surprised how much even-breathing matters when you're holding a camera and using a powerful zoom, but here I go again, digressing.

After a few attempts and some interesting maneuvering, I was able to zoom through the lattice work and freeze a moment of tyme, a moment I deemed a beautiful gift from God. It was then the thought of God as the Greatest Creator occurred to me, but, oddly enough, it wasn’t the picture that prompted the thought; it was an ability He gave when He created me.

It came to mind, as I worked with the zoom on my human-made camera, I was able to see my point of focus in far more detail than my camera could. God created me with the ability to see, process and appreciate the beauty of the world around me.  My camera saw everything I saw, but I was able to single out one thing among the billions of details in the frame. That which my camera had to zoom in and focus on, I saw in an instant, no tools or technology required.

After getting the pictures I sought, I went back to my computer and continued creating my resume. As I worked, this tyme with a different and far more positive perspective, I realized God put that little bird in my day to remind me of the gifts and talents He gave me and as a result, I finished my resume with confidence and a smile.

Yes, a human created the tool that allowed me to capture a moment in tyme, but God created both the human who created to the tool and the human who saw the opportunity to use the tool.
 In that moment, I was reminded that God creates everyone with gifts, talents and abilities, but it’s how we choose to use them that matters.  Perhaps your resume doesn’t seem up to par. Perhaps it seems like other people have all the talents and gifts in the world when you have little to none, but it’s not true. God created you with everything you need in order to do what He has you here to do. You are The Greatest Creator’s greatest creation!

His eye really is on the sparrow and I know He watches (and cares) for me and YOU!