Winter is a tough time for photography in my opinion, locally at least. We don't get a ton of snow around here, which can leave the mid Atlantic a little dreary looking. I don't mind it personally, but it isn't quite as photogenic. Maybe that's an excuse.
It's been a while since I've posted a blog or anything. I can't say I have any really good reasons. However, just like with the seasons, winter sometimes roll into life.
For reasons I can only chalk up to the fact that we live between Genesis 3 and Revelation, it seems that some people, myself included, tend to fall into things like sadness and depression a little bit easier than others.
It is a comfort to know that the Bible is filled with people that went through darker times of life. Sometimes it was by their own making as in the case of David with Bathsheba. Others it was because of things outside their immediate control as in the case of some like Paul in his despair of the Corinthian church, or some of the many perils he endured. Even our Lord wept, even in anguish in the garden.
Even some more modern heroes of the faith like C. H. Spurgeon dealt with depression for much of his life.
Of course we have to be careful. Scripture is very clear on the sin of worry and such. Grief, sadness, times of trial, are not sin in and of themselves. However when we begin to question the goodness of God, then we are entering into bad territory.
Where am I going with this? Frankly I think it's simply that I have found myself to be in a rut of sorts. I've kind of lost my way.
I don't know what happened in my case. I suppose it's a great deal of "me". Laziness, lack of trust, even my own pride. Yeah, I can definitely look at the sin in my life as reason.
Things of this world, this year especially, have been hard to swallow. It's easy to get angry, and sometimes it might even be righteous anger. But it's also easy for that to turn into bitterness, and a lack of trust in the sovereignty of God.
But I don't want to act like I've got it together, or that I have all the answers. This is my second draft of this, and the first was a bit more 'open' perhaps. But I do want to be open here. Transparency is something that I've been confronted with recently.
Check out this video on Youtube from Wretched Radio.
Again I'm not writing this presuming to have the answers, I have none outside of Scripture. I do however want people to know there is hope in Christ. I know I struggle with this fact at times, I'm thankful for His grace... Oh I hate that I presume on His grace though. Yeah, transparency, right?
So a winter season in life? Yeah I suppose so. As in Psalm 88, the only Psalm I know of that doesn't have a 'happy ending', I guess I am unsure of the outcome of where I'm at. But I do know, at least in my head, that there is hope in Christ. And I know that He is growing me.
But instead of talking about this more, I really just want to share some helpful resources with you. I'm sure some reading this are going through something similar. Others probably know someone who is.
Eric Davis wrote a great article on the Cripplegate, here.
Tim Challies at his website also has several great articles including this one, here.
by: Jeremey Voit
Jeremey is a photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. He loves travel, nature, and experiencing and sharing the beauty of God's creation.