To many, this building is old. It's useless, becoming more condemned by the day. The still-standing building may even be forgotten by the majority, no longer holding any value as its use declines.
As a traveling photographer, this building caught my eye almost instantly. The rustic look is uncommon in my every day world, and I think it's beautiful. Walking around the building, taking pictures at different angles, the building stands out to me more and more, becoming more beautiful by the second.
It's rustic, but the ever changing color variety adds character. It's old, but it has stood the ages of time. It has been like a flower on the wall in the lives of many, and served a much needed purpose.
After I took several photos and pulled my camera back up to my eye...it hit me.
How many times have I felt like I was in a similar state as this barn? More often than I care to admit.
Useless. Forgotten. Invisible. Nothing special, my dreams and I condemned by others around me. No longer of any value. Dulled, no longer shinning, after being hit by pouring rain from life's storms and struggles.
How often have I felt this way as God, our creator and the world's very fist artist, saw the true beauty within me? Seeing me through a different lens than the selfie camera I've been seeing myself through?
How often have I felt invisible, forgetting God has seen me every second of every day?
How often have I felt useless, not realizing God was molding me for a new purpose, and using me right where I was planted?
How many times have I felt forgotten, while forgetting to connect with the Almighty?
How many times did I evaluate myself low because of my humanly skewed perspective while God whispered, "If you only knew you are worth so much more"?
How many times have I felt damaged and rusty after a life storm, feeling impatient as God helped put me back together again - often leaving me stronger and more beautiful than before? Forgetting that my foundation was strong and sturdy, and that I could rely on it?
I'm not sure what you're going through right now. Maybe you're going through a tough storm, or you're burnt out. You may be incredible stressed, and possibly carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. And in the midst of your struggle, you may feel forgotten, invisible, and as though you're losing your shine.
Here's the deal...You are valued. You are seen. You are known. He always remembers you, and He's waiting to help you with the heavy load that the world has unexpectedly thrown into your arms.
You. Are. Loved.
We may see our selves through our cheap, limited selfie camera, but God sees us through all of the best angles and perspectives around. He captures your beauty, heart, and worth better than your favorite photographer ever will in a lifetime.
The Travelin' Chick,