Friday, May 27, 2011

Moving Ahead Despite Danger and Uncertainty

I wait for the Northern Cardinals to leave.   I lean in, snap the photograph, and then get out of there before I'm pecked to death or beaten with a mother bird's wings.

Northern Cardinals Growing in the Nest

I don't even check the photos until I'm safe inside.

Sleeping Northern Cardinals

It's the same caution I take when I photograph a snake or a snapping turtle.  The best photographs involve an element of danger.

Living with flair sometimes includes danger.  We take risks; we move out of comfort zones; we endure the possibility of harm.  Why?  Because there's beauty and joy right on the other side.  I wonder, too, if moving deeper into a life of faith requires confronting danger--seen and unseen--because that's the only way to have a clear picture of the power and victory of knowing God.  That's the only way to grow faith.

If I only move ahead in my life into safe and obvious directions, maybe I need to think more about choosing avenues that call for the kind of faith that I want to have.

So I face the danger, and I move out in faith.  There's a beautiful picture waiting. 


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Journal:  Do I need to move ahead despite danger and uncertainty?

2 comments:

Barbara Thayer said...

I have always pushed ahead despite the risks especially if I feel the Lord has been leading me. Wouldn't it be great if we never had to risk anything, but then, we would not grow and experience all that God has for us in this life. I had a college professor tell me once that a little fear is a good thing because it keeps you on your toes in acting, writing or any enterprise. I think he was right! Thank you for taking those risks to get the great pictures. I love it! Blessings!

Sevgi said...

Heather ever since İ read about the live eagle camera streamings in your blog, I became addicted to watching the baby eagles and their parents who take so good care of them. Also I write occasionally in my notebook o
n thoughts centering around living wih flair.thanks for being such sn inspiration for me.