a Wednesday

"Furthermore, the state of the observer strongly influences the color that is seen. A tungsten lamp appears yellow when the viewer's eyes are adapted to daylight, but nearly white when it is the only light source."

"Learn to read the signs of life and not focus or react just to the obvious surface activity. Look deeper for what is causing the action. And when you are able to capture a storytelling photograph that reveals both cause and effect -- that tells a reader immediately what has happened and how it has affected someone -- then you have a trophy indeed."

"O Master, let me walk with Thee / In lowly paths of service free..."

"I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long. ... He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked. ... Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. ... For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men. ... Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven: We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven. ... I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, Do not close your ear to my cry for help! You came near when I called on you; you said, 'Do not fear!'"

Often times photos that I have taken and posted don't draw any correlation between articles that I have read and shared or personal thoughts--sometimes they do. Especially during this season that is certainly not the case. All the thoughts and emotions running through this poor little brain of mine I would almost always produce, extreme blur, over exposed/under exposed outtakes if it were showing some kind of representation.

I haven't journaled much the past couple of months, as many have encouraged me to do, but I have been taking photographs. Because of the strong thoughts and emotions it seems as if all my senses are sharpened. I am finding myself looking at many photographs that I've taken the past few months and am able to remember and reflect on how the Lord has been working. Thankful.