Adjusting Our Lens

April 23, 2014

Adjusting Our Lens

I’ve heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” many times, yet the other day it came alive to me.

Standing in front of my subject, I see beauty and want to capture it on camera.  I set my eye to the window viewer, and all I see is blur.

Simply aiming my camera at the subject and clicking will not yield a picture that accurately depicts the beauty I behold with my natural eye.

It takes precision & care to focus & see beauty.

Then I think about my own life.

I naturally look at my life through blurred vision.

How do I know this?

Because I don’t always see myself through the eyes of my Beholder {Jesus}.

My vision is blurred.

When I look at my own life, I see a mess, flaws, imperfections, failures.

I see cracks & blemishes.

I see blur.

 When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned in childlike ways as we all do.
But when I became a man, I left my childish ways behind. 

For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things,
as when we stare into polished metal.
I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture.
But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face.
In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (The Voice)

I see blur, yet Jesus is calling me to adjust my lens and see things clearly; through His eyes.

When Jesus looks at me, He sees me the same way I see my photographed subject: beautiful.

Instead of looking at the thorns surrounding the rose, I see the beauty within the petals:

The colors, the softness, the formation; all amazing & pleasing in my sight.

The same applies to Jesus & His view of me.

Instead of a tattered past, He sees mulch used to fertilize the soil of my heart, yielding growth.

Instead of blemishes, He sees color, uniqueness & gifts He can use for His glory.

Instead of thorns, He sees the softness of petals blossoming into beauty amidst the pain.

Instead of blur, He sees beauty.

Ultimately, the choice is ours to make.

Will we view ourselves through the blurred lens of our insecurities, or will we embrace the true clarity spoken over us in God’s Word?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18

Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.
Psalm 119:18

My personal prayer is that God will continue to adjust my lens & give me eyes to see all things from His perfect perspective.

How may I pray for you today, friend?

love satin

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  1. Holly Barrett on April 23, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? And how we choose to see our circumstances. Thankful that God sees the potential in me and graces me with the opportunity to see positive in the things around me.

  2. Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie) on April 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    “If you could see what I see” comes to mind (by Geoff Moore). So glad God has a different, better, eternal perspective. Praying He helps us see with His eyes. I think we’d be surprised to see how much love and grace affect His vision.:)

  3. alecia on April 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM can be a funny thing can’t it? I find myself asking, what the bigger picture is sometimes bc I can have tunnel vision and only see what’s right in front of me. What a great analogy with the camera lens and reminder about keeping how we view ourselves in focus!

  4. Maria Marino on April 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Thank you for zooming in with the beautiful word images that project how God sees things inside my heart and mind Satin. Me too I pray to behold things with His perfect perspective.

  5. blestbutstrest on April 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I have such a horrible time being the subject of photographs…which may point to a bigger problem of being too concerned with what I look like…when all I really should worry about is how God sees me. He sees the beauty in me–I don’t have to DO anything. Thank you for reminding me to look through HIS lens, and not stress over what I think people might see through THEIR lens.

  6. Simply Beth on April 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    The verse from 1 Peter hangs in my bathroom. It actually hangs in a few places in my home now. This is such a beautiful message, Satin. I think I should print this post and hang it in my bathroom. It’s a reminder I need often. I’m thinking of you and just so excited for you to move into your new home. Love you.

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Satin Pelfrey

Satin is a writer, wife and stepmom encouraging others through the hard days, bringing the Scriptures alive through life-application and drawing them closer to Jesus.

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