What’s Really There

Despite its beauty and extraordinary singularity, snow can be rather difficult to take pictures of, especially while it is still snowing. Cameras are quite delicate. Water ruins delicate equipment. Snow is just another form of water. In other words, you can’t take many pictures until the snow stops. In my situation, because the temperature hovered above freezing, it meant that the snow would start melting before I even had the chance to get outside! Well, I must say I did not have a very successful photographing excursion that day. But I did learn an important lesson: you can not create with a camera what does not already exist. I was seeking a captivating snow-scape, when all there was to look at was ugly, melting snow! So I turned my attention to capturing what was really there and that was the only way to get a good picture.

Melting Snow

Another important lesson I am learning is that I can not create with prayer what is not already a part of God’s will. To pray in faith is an unparalleled challenge! Turning my attention to praying what God really desires is the only way to glorify God through prayer.


  1. Robert January 15, 2007 at 7:22 am #

    James, it was really good to hear what the Lord has been teaching you, even through disappointing circumstances. As you seek His face in every situation, you’ll be able to continue “giving thanks in all things”!

  2. James January 15, 2007 at 12:49 pm #

    Your right Robert, God is good at giving us character-building situations! We just have to look at them the right way.

  3. Daniel January 16, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    Excellent analogical applicaton, James! Good way to look at it.

  4. Donald January 20, 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    Excellent analogy James! I enjoyed reading your post. You made an otherwise ordinary excursion a real learning experience–and that takes wisdom: looking at it from God’s perspective.

  5. Joe Elliott January 20, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Hey, I really like your story. You made a very good point.

  6. James January 21, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Thank you Donald for all your wisdom you have shared with me about analogies. You are a great encouragment to see things from God’s point of view!

  7. James January 21, 2007 at 7:32 pm #


    Thanks for your comment. I had a lot of fun talking with you about our web blogs in the car the other day. I’ll be keeping posts up for everyone to read.

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