When Words Fail Me - A Guest Post by Josie Siler

   Although I’m a writer, I can’t seem to find the right words to describe God’s creation. It’s magnificent, splendid, brilliant, outstanding, stunning, grand, impressive, unparalleled, unique, supreme, glorious, and so much more.

   God’s handiwork is indescribable. That’s why I take pictures! Through photography I can show others small glimpses of the glory of God. Romans 1:20 (NLT) says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” We learn things about God and get to know Him through the things He has made.

   I rediscovered my love for photography after I got sick with a chronic illness. It gave me something to do when I felt well enough to do something. Photography is a gift God gave me when I needed it most. It has helped me see the world around me in a new way and get to know God on a deeper level. I can’t keep that gift to myself!

   If you read the stories on my blog, you’ll see that I refer to many of my photographs as special gifts from God. Time and time again God will show me something beautiful, fun, or unexpected just when I need it.

   A gorgeous sunrise after being up sick all night reminds me that God hasn’t forsaken me and that He loves me enough to bless me with something beautiful in the midst of my pain. Watching a mourning dove daddy care for his newly hatched babies right outside my front door reminds me that God is a loving Father who takes care of me and meets my needs. An up close encounter with a dragonfly eating lunch reminds me of how creative God is and helps me see the world in a new light. A ferocious storm reminds me of the majesty and power of God and that no matter what happens in life, ultimately He’s in control.

   My camera is never far from me, and when I can capture these special moments they last forever. Each time I look at a photograph I remember the story of how God blessed me or what He taught me the day I captured it.

   God’s creation points us back to Him and all of creation displays His glory. It’s reflected in the moon shimmering off of still waters, it’s displayed as a setting sun paints the clouds majestic colors, and it’s revealed through you and through me.

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.” –Psalm 19:1-4 (NLT) 

Every picture has a story. Read the story behind the photograph above by visiting The Perfect Rose.

 

© Copyright 2016 by Josie Siler

Josie is a photographer, writer, biker chick, and vice president of Broken but Priceless Ministries. She's addicted to chocolate and coffee, loves all things adventurous, and is part owner of the Green Bay Packers. Josie shares God's gifts of beauty, hope, and adventure on her website josiesiler.com. Josie would love to connect with you on social media.

 

 

 

Photography, God’s creation, nature, chronic illness, Broken but Priceless Ministries, Josie Siler, When Words Fail Me, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (4)

  • anon

    Good reminders! My dad taught me to love his Father's creation. 
     

    Aug 09, 2016
  • anon

    Thanks Pauline! I'm glad you had a dad who taught you well :-)
    -Josie

    Aug 09, 2016
  • anon

    I envy your photography skill! I appreciate how you see God's blessings and record them in the pictures you take. It reminds me to look for how God reveals himself in creation.

    Aug 09, 2016
  • anon

    Thanks Leigh, but photography is half luck, about 10% skill and 40% can be learned. So you can do it too! (And I totally made those numbers up, but you get the idea!) Thanks for your comment :-)
    -Josie

    Aug 09, 2016

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