Posts tagged ‘Waiting’

February 28, 2012

On the shelf

On the shelf

These Rag Dolls are stuck on the shelf, but it’s O.K., they know that one day the waiting will be over and their time will come … ;-)

For anyone interested, I have been trying out the free ‘beta’ version of Lightroom 4, available for Mac and PC here.  This photo was shot at 5600 ISO and as a result was very ‘noisy’ (lots of grainy stuff, especially in the shadow areas).  Lightroom has a series of  ‘noise reduction’ sliders that are very effective at reducing the graininess.  If you are into photography it’s something I would recommend, but hurry, it’s only going to be free until the end of March, after which it will probably be three hundred Euro or more…

 

 

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March 18, 2010

Watching and Waiting

Nikon F100, Nikkor 28-105 f3.5-4.5 D, Ilford FP4 plus (ISO 125), (Click to enlarge)

We were putting out some old dried bread onto the bird table with the unmistakable feeling of being watched. I turned around and there they were, waiting for us to leave so that they could tuck in! Someone commenting on this picture on photo.net said it was like something out of a Hitchcock film, maybe the black and white makes it look a bit sinister but in reality it was quite funny – we weren’t attacked by them or anything.

Waiting patiently for things is not a forte of mine so maybe these birds have a lesson to teach me. Also I am reminded of some lovely words from Psalm 130

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

March 30, 2009

Sunday Kairos

Panasonic LX1, f2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 80, 28mm equivalent (Click to enlarge)

There is a time just before I leave the Vestry to take a Sunday Service. It is a special, hallowed time, what the Christian intelligentsia might call Kairos time: (Time as a moment, time as occasion, time as qualitative rather than quantitative, time as significant rather than dimensional).

It seems to always be different and yet in so many ways the same. Some weeks I may be more nervous than others, sometimes I may feel more prepared than others. Sometimes I picture myself like St. Peter about to step out of the boat and walk in faith towards the Lord Jesus, sometimes I feel compelled to kneel on the floor with my head bowed in submission. Often I experience a huge, almost overwhelming sense of my own inadequacy to say or do anything worthwhile for God, unless somehow in some way He is able to work in me and through me. Sometimes I feel inspired, strengthened and energised, other times I feel heavy-hearted, tired and would rather still be in bed, but usually I am fluctuating somewhere between the two extremes.

God is good.

January 11, 2009

Wait on the Lord

“Kite Surfer” at Garryvoe beach, Co Cork, (taken yesterday).
Nikon D70s, f5, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, 50mm (Click to enlarge)

Have you ever waited for God to act on something and waited and waited and then finally just when you were losing all patience (and energy) He showed up and did something far more amazing than you were expecting in the first place?

One lesson I have to keep learning is that God’s timing is very different to mine. There are things I would God to do sooner than later, people’s lives transformed, healing, peace-making etc. But who am I to tell God what to do and when to do it!?

Yesterday I was reminded of a verse from Isaiah 40 that helped me get back some right perspective:

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Learning to wait on the Lord has to be one of the really important goals of the Christian life. Waiting for His promise of strength to rise above the distractions and difficulties of our lives and of those whom we care about and trusting in His timing – that’s what it is all about! The notes in my study Bible say: “Even the strongest people get tired at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength is the source of our strength; when you feel all of life crushing you and cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength…”(1)

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(1) Life Application Bible, N.I.V., Tyndale House Publishers, 1991, p.1228