“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
If you are a photographer, you understand this concept very well. As the viewfinder is honed in on its subject, all distractions and hindrances are looked past. All the clutter blurs while you hope for that we see not. You exercise faith through your art when you focus the lens of your camera on seemingly mundane objects.
Let me explain: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. People commonly observe the things they photograph everyday, but yet everyone of us is awed by what the camera captures. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) You know where and how to take these shots because you know what is there that everyone else takes for granted.
The difference is you acknowledge it, and the majority (of us) pass it by. It’s not because the beauty isn’t there; its because it is never sought for.
We enjoy the sun everyday. Without proper light, there is no art: no dynamics of shadow, reflection, or enhancement. So we use it… or should I say abuse it? We thoughtlessly employ our hands in countless tasks every minute, but we do not take the time to marvel at the mechanics that make them work. Our eyes flicker back and forth from page to subject to media, compiling the data at uncanny speeds. What craftsmanship! What handiwork! What design! Now I can see the EVIDENCE of my faith!
‘Faith’ is not a shot in the dark (literally), if it is focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the beauty of all Creation. The evidence of the Creator is all around- but the world bypasses it. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
A photographer takes the picture because he focuses on the small, overlooked details that are the source of life’s greatest beauty. I trust in God because I know He is with me; He’s in all the details and workings of my life. I have faith because of Him.