I Believe

Faith, Life March 20, 2016
I believe in God, in all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all that is seen and unseen.

When I stand under the night sky in Montana, I can see thousands of stars. The stripe of the Milky Way makes an arc over my head, and shooting stars go off like fireworks.

But for every star I can see, there are infinitely more up there, beyond the reach of human eyesight. One night last summer, God revealed a taste of the unseen, a sneak peek of his glory and greatness through a camera lens and some simple editing software.

I had been taking night sky photos for a couple months at this point, so I knew where to point my camera to have the best chance of catching a few shooting stars. That night I set up my tripod, took a few shots into the darkness, and headed inside.

This is what my human eyes could see:

I believe in God, in all that is seen and unseen.

It’s dark, right? I could see the outline of the trees and a few stars. But as I maneuvered the editing buttons on my computer, this is what I saw.

I believe in God, in all that is seen and unseen.

My heart caught in my throat as my hand flew up to my mouth.

There is no fancy editing here. To be honest, I’m not a good enough photo editor to add these colors, and I wasn’t even using Photoshop. I simply revealed what was already there. These stars, these colors, the shooting star had been right in front of my eyes. I just couldn’t see them through my human lens.

God reminded me in this moment that he is always there, even when I cannot see him clearly. He is right in front of me, right beside me, right above me, and if I will choose to look through the lens of faith, he will come into focus.

He is here. In brilliant colors. Power, beauty, splendor, glory and greatness all around us.

Look up, dear ones. Look up and see the heavens declaring the glory of God. Take notice of the sky proclaiming his handiwork.

He is here.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all that is seen and unseen.

I believe in God, in all that is seen and unseen.

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  • Tracy Drake March 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful!!!!!! Simply beautifully worded and speaks the truth! It is amazing to me how God means different things to all of us but we don have that same common bond.
    Great job girl!!

  • val gehrke March 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Breathtaking imagery! Our sky is his canvas and what a work it is to gaze upon! Great job, enjoyed the post!! #ifgatheringlaunchteam #sistersinchristsupporteachother

  • Sheree March 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Simply beautiful!!! Thank you for capturing the beauty of our God. #ifgatheringappIbelieve

  • Kelly March 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Terrific kick start to this wonderful journey! We believe! #ifgatheringlaunchteam
    #were better together

  • Elizabeth Pardi March 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing something so moving!

  • Lynnette March 22, 2016 at 6:46 am

    So simple, yet so profound. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jodi March 30, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Gorgeous!

  • Linda April 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Absolutely heavenly.

  • Antoinette May 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you for this post. I was expansively reminded of the same thing as I hiked through Denali National Park (which happens to be in my back yard). It is easy to forget the greatness of God in the mundane everydayness of life. Thank you for the reminder to pay more attention.