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Posted in Morocco, photography on March 30, 2008 by Phil Alcorn

I’m gonna make a post soon about my thoughts on Morocco… but for now, check out my flickr for some snaps of the trip. Or rather, for about 15 of the 450…

photos and thoughts…

Posted in christianity, friends, photography, randomness on March 14, 2008 by Phil Alcorn

My good friend James took me on a drive tonight to find a place where our view of the sky was not hindered by the city lights. It’s amazing, you know, just how much light pollution affects the night sky…

Anyway, the reason we went out was because a friend of mine had charged me with taking some photos of the night sky for him. So we set out at 3am to find a suitably dark area in the country somewhere. Eventually we found the perfect spot – the top of the Boghill road just outside Mallusk. We set up the tripod (during which i received a quite painful hand injury!) and took some photos of the stars. Using a shutter speed of 30 seconds, we got some quite nice shots, though it was difficult to get the focus right. After we were satisfied with the results of the sky shooting, we took a couple of shots down over the city lights as well, before heading back to Belfast.

Why tell you all this? Because heading back in the car, a rather interesting metaphor came upon me, and I wanted to record it on here so I will remember it. It struck me how often we pray to God, asking for answers, and wanting to see results right away, instantly. And after a while we grow tired of waiting, and stop looking for the answers. I found an interesting parallel to taking shots of the night sky – with a high shutter speed, you come away with a black photo, hardly any light was allowed into the camera before the shutter closed, sealing the image. However, with a low shutter speed (leaving the shutter open for longer), more light was allowed to flood in, resulting an a clear and beautiful image of the stars in the night sky. How often are we like the first example, the quick shutter speed, looking around for answers to our questions and giving up when we don’t see anything right away. We walk away feeling let down, or disheartened, because God “didn’t answer us”. However, if we were to have patience, hold on as long as it took, keep looking for answers, how much more would we see? How clear the image we would be left with… if we truely waited on GOD’S timing, and not our own.

I could even take this a step further, and look at how much light is let into the camera every second. Not very much, certainly not enough to make a clear image. But as the seconds tick by, the image builds up. Only the same amount of light is let in every second, but the effect of that light makes the image clearer and clearer with each passing second. In the same way, the longer and longer we hold out, actively seeking God, seeking His will, seeking answers, we may not feel like we are seeing more and more as time passes, BUT surely the fact that we are looking and looking and looking will build character and patience within us. The actively waiting on God’s timing will be producing in us a masterpiece of character that God is creating…

Yea, bit of a random post this… I guess the point is just to say to be patient. God will reveal things in His own time, if we are faithful to wait and to look…