I usually try to change my screen saver a few times a year, usually to reflect the season of weather we are in. I love my photos, and each one I've taken reminds me of the place I was, the moment captured in that picture. I can easily move my mind to that spot of quiet, just me and my camera (ok, sometimes Mark was there too!) and the peace that was felt as I tried to do God's Creative Hand justice. I assure you, that what I do with a camera is nothing in comparison to His 6 day's work; but I relish the truth that He created for our pleasure. For me.
So last night, tired (ok, exhausted) and not feeling 100%, and knowing I was overdue in changing my screen saver, I opened that file to cruise through some memories, wondering where I'd land. The calendar says "Spring", but the thermometer CLEARLY says "Summer" - having already topped the 90* mark. So how did I land in the midst of a January photo?? Well, it was January in coastal FLORIDA, which always says summer to me!! And this is where I've landed:
Now Sea Gulls can be pesky birds, but these were plenty friendly, not intrusive at all, and well, really peaceful and at rest. Just gazing out at God's beautiful Gulf of Mexico, this bird was just not going to be bothered by my idea of taking it's picture.
When I see this photograph, I'm instantly transported to that white sandy shore, the off shore breeze rustling my hair, the sound of the waves lapping on the shore and sizzling in the sand as they were pulled out to sea. I'm at peace. Peaceful. Rest.
I'm sure it does for my attitude as much as any anti-anxiety pill can, as much for my heart as a romantic candlelight dinner, as much for my mind as a peaceful sonata.
This peace, restores my soul, fills me up with renewed energy to accomplish what needs to be tackled, and allows me to have a visual to focus on when I need to "shut down" and rest.
And in that, this photo, set as my screen saver, saves me.
God created this scene, the water, the sand, the whole of Creation. He knew, at some point, I'd need a visual to relax to, to unwind into, to remember that whatever's kept my mind from resting is not too big for Him to resolve. See, He knows the number of the grains of sand on this beach. I can leave it to Him to bring closure as I admire His Creation....to admire HIM, The Creator.
"Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones." Proverbs 3:7-8 (NLT)