I enjoy using my photography to make Bible Verse Images. Today, I wanted to use images from Italy to illustrate Psalm 23. Most of the images are from Val d’Orchia in Tuscany.
We sang this song this morning at church. I had forgotten what a powerful song it is. When you sing it with meaning, from your heart, you are saying that you want more of God in your life. You are saying that you want to worship Him with all your mind, heart and soul.
One of my photography projects, Hands That Worship, celebrates songs like this one. In the series, I photographed hands portraying the words or emotions of the songs. For this song, I used sign language to portray the words. It remains one of my favorite images.
More Love, More Power
I will worship you with all my heart
I will worship you with all my mind
I will worship you with all my strength
For you are my God.
“Breathe” has been the main image on my website for some time now. It was the key image for the series, “Hands That Worship,” a project that visually portrayed worship songs on the Michael W. Smith CD “Worship.” I put it on my website without copyright or metadata, a mistake I’m trying to correct with all new images. Breathe has been used by MANY blogs and websites for a host of different uses and meanings. I’ve only been asked once for permission to use it however. Go ahead and google “breathe” and look at images; it should come up near the top of the list.
A friend posed for this. It was captured on black and white film with my Nikon N80. I developed the film, then scanned it and printed it digitally. I was using 250 watt bulbs for lighting and got the focus and depth of field just right on this image. I was trying to get the effect of someone breathing life, using hands to channel the breath forward.
The lyrics to the song, “Breathe” include: “Your holy presence, living in me.” That is the subtitle of this image.
The Lord is using my skills as a photo restorer to speak to me about relationships. This is an ‘in-process’ teaching, but I need to record some of what I am hearing.
Some of the tools of a photo restorer are:
- healing brush — to make a scratch or spot blend in to its surroundings
- clone stamp — to duplicate an area of a photo to another spot
- mask — to keep some part of a photo from being visible
- fill — to fill a selected area with a certain color or texture
- lasso — to surround an area of interest to make a selection
I find myself, especially after a few days of work, looking at the world around me as if I could ‘restore’ it. I see a scratch on a wall and think how great it would be to use the healing brush to make it blend into the surrounding paint. I see a patch of carpeting that is worn and think about how easy it would be to just ‘clone’ the good part of carpet over the worn part. Doing these things to a computer file are one thing, but I know that no such tools exist to do the repairs to physical objects.
Yet, I find myself thinking how great it would be to use a healing brush to repair hurt feelings, or a clone stamp to copy a good part of a relationship to a messy part of a relationship. This is where I get on shaky ground.
The Lord has been showing me that I think in these terms for relationships, and that it is dangerous to make such restorations sound “easy” when they are really very complex. Not only that, but it makes me think I can control the whole situation by myself. Very self-centered!
In reality, it “takes two” to restore a broken or hurt relationship. And I can’t control the other person. My way of thinking, making it easy, making it only my job — sets me up for failure.
…By using masks, we can hide a part of ourselves from others. Sometimes this is necesary, like at work. But we have the tendancy to also mask our feelings from others. On top of that, we assign our own motivations to the masks others wear. Now we have misunderstanding.
…Sometimes I want to “lasso” a part of the life of a loved one and just “fill” it with my understanding or values. Doesn’t work, but I keep on doing just that.
One part if this current teaching is the full knowledge that God does have the ability to “heal” our hurts and restore relationships. He doesn’t do it the same way we have designed software to do it. NO, He uses His Spirit to touch our hearts and draw us into Himself to see for ourselves what needs to be changed in us. This can cause us to run away from His Holiness, but if we persevere and ask HIm for help, He will change our hearts and heal our wounds.
I know there is more on this topic, but that is all I have for right now!