A few months ago, I went to a photography class that changed my view of God.
Even though my only experience using a camera is with my phone, I was especially looking forward to that Wednesday night Young Women’s activity because I am fascinated with the idea of capturing moments.
I was mesmerized the whole time! We learned about scale, viewpoint, patterns, balance, and more – all of which can definitely be tied back to the gospel – but I want to focus on (pardon the pun) 😉 aperture. I learned that a camera is essentially built like a human eye, and the aperture is like a pupil – its job is to let a certain amount of light in. Isn’t that amazing? Aperture, as well as photography in general, revolves around light. One of the photographers giving the lesson said something along these lines: Just as artists use paints or other mediums, photographers use light as their medium. And a thought popped into my head: The medium by which God creates is you. That phrase didn’t leave my mind. When I got home, I wrote it on a sticky note and set it aside. Months later, that phrase inspired this very article, which I hope inspires you. 🙂
In General Conference several years ago, President Uchtdorf recounted the tale of a damaged statue of Christ. His hands had been severed, but when someone offered to create new hands, the townspeople wanted to keep the statue as it was. Why? Because they wanted to emphasize how our Savior has no hands but ours to do His work. They even placed a plaque by Christ’s feet reading, “You are my hands”, based on a lovely poem by St. Teresa of Ávila.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.
Christ has no hands but yours – we are the medium by which God creates! We are the ones who do His work, whether that is helping your sibling with homework or making dinner or however you serve others. By acting as He would have us act, we are sharing His light with others.
To end with, here is a quote I came across:
“Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people’s souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people’s lives by looking at their souls and exposing them to His light.” – Francis Bacon
How beautiful is that thought? Our eyes, much like apertures, look upon the light of the world, while our Savior looks upon the beauty of our souls. He sees us as we truly are, not with a worldly perspective.
P.S. Photo of my eye by my talented sister Sofia. Coincidentally, the reflection is our church building. 🙂
How are you acting as Christ’s hands by sharing His light with others? How have you seen others act as Christ’s hands?
Also, you can learn more about taking beautiful photos with any camera at the Ruby Girl Retreat in Salt Lake City, UT, August 12, 2016.