Years ago I bought my first “professional” camera. I was mostly interested in nature photography, but I ended up taking more wedding and graduation photographs than I ever imagined. It was a nice way to make some extra income while enjoying a great hobby.
I quickly learned things that I should and shouldn’t do, and the right way to get the best shot. There were specific things to look for and certain angles that you should most definitely avoid. Times have since changed, and there are new and exciting ways to get the best pictures, especially in nature.
Today we have drones to do the work for us! A drone is a remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft that is often equipped with a camera. I recently saw several nature photographs that were taken by a drone. They were fantastic shots of things like a farmer cutting the first row of a field of wheat in Nebraska, and the impressive 75,000 gallons of water per second that pours over the Niagara Falls in Canada.
Views from above of places that you and I would never be able to see otherwise. My favorite was a view of Mont Saint Michael, a beautiful Monastery located just off the coast of Normandy, France. With the morning fog still lingering low and the sun breaking through, it looked as though the monastery was sitting atop a cloud high in the sky. It gave the impression of a peaceful heavenly castle, not one of this busy and polluted world.
The only drawback was the fact that I knew what the Monastery looked like from the ground below. Although still beautiful, it was nothing like the view from the sky. Perhaps the beauty of things is less about what we see, and more about how we choose to see them.
In scripture, King Solomon sought to have great wisdom. He set his “mind to seek and explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven.” (Ecc. 1:13) What he came to understand was that despite everything that he saw, everything that he heard, and everything that he experienced, there was complete futility of life in light of eternity. Solomons view from this side of life was a temporary disappointment.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” … “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecc. 12:8) But, he knew the Lord and he understood that there was more to this life than just what he could see. Where Solomon saw meaningless, God was seeing His plan unfold. Where Solomon saw the weariness of labor, God was watching the hands of His creation fulfilling a purpose. And where Solomon saw heartache and loss, God could see the mending of a heart that belonged to him.
Eyes that focus on that which is earthly can only see the earthly view. But, to have eyes that are focused on the things of God are eyes that can see the world in a heavenly view. In that light, we will see love for those who seem unlovable, hope for those who look hopeless, and worth in those who feel worthless. How we choose to view this life determines what we see, whether from heaven above or from the earth below. So, while the Lord is certainly in control of the plan and purpose of our life, the picture that we make of it is determined by the angle in which we choose, and for me, I choose God’s heavenly view!