Taking A Leap

It's so much easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk, don't you think?

My passion is to be a great photographer.  To create art that makes people gasp in delight when they see it for the first time.  To produce images for clients that they will treasure forever - pass on in their will, even.

This wasn't always my passion.  I feel like my desire for this was a gift, and I'm so thankful for it.

I felt directionless and lost and confused for a time, so I spent some time fasting and praying.  At the end of that time, I had an answer.  It wasn't as if God spoke from the heavens "Daiquiri, you should be a photographer." (wouldn't that be nice?)  It was more like He reached down and lit a fire under me! I was suddenly consumed with the desire to do this.  

But now?  Now that it's spring and all those folks who have been saying "I'd love for you to take pictures of my kids when spring rolls along"?  Now I'm actually having to DO something besides build a website and order business cards.

And I'm scared.

Freakin' out and having nightmares scared.

Thinking I made a mistake and every photo shoot is going to be a disaster...scared.

But I'm going to do it.  Not because I think I'm the world's best photographer, but because this was His answer.  Who am I to consider ignoring it?  

This is something bigger than I would have dreamed for myself, but isn't that the way He usually operates?  More importantly, isn't that one of the main perks of being His child?  We don't have our little goals and dreams anymore - we have His best plan for us, which is always greater than anything we could have imagined.  And when it seems bigger than us (which it almost always is), then we have His promise that He'll be there every step of the way.  All things are possible with Him!

And one other thing - have you noticed how there always seems to be an ACT of faith that has to happen before God delivers on his promises?  I think of Moses in particular, how he always had to raise his staff or dip his staff into the water and THEN what God promised would happen.

So I'm going to keep pressing on.  Don't get me wrong, I'm excited and joyful to be sure!  I'm certainly not complaining.  I'm excited to be on this journey, and I'm looking forward to seeing what He has in store for me.  I'm also praying an awful lot these days...for my clients, for God to show me the beauty and to let me capture it, and for great light ;-) 

Hopefully, I'll have success and when people ask me what my secret is I can answer with boldness and honesty..."HIM"

Do you have something in your life that you feel God has called you to, but that seems overwhelming?  Do you feel afraid even though the call seems strong?  Do you doubt your ability to deliver?

You're not alone.  Let's step out in faith together.  And when we succeed against the odds?  Let's raise our hands to the author of our lives and say, "Praise God and Thank You!"

Now, if you'll excuse me...I need to format a memory card and charge my camera battery :-)

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1. Bethany

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Craig and Bethany  – (5/02/2009 10:58:00 PM)  

What a great post. Pray and show up. Why am I always so stunned that God can move a mountain in my life with such a simple formula?

Love your reference to Moses. Guess I never really thought about what a risk it must have been to lift the staff while everyone was watching! Who knows, maybe God will part the sea for you. {How EXCITING!}

Oh, and don't worry. You are a superb photographer. I am excited to see some of your shots! :)

Lisa  – (5/03/2009 06:16:00 AM)  

I love how you shared your heart. I feel what you've written about is the same thing I've been dealing with, but can't put words to.

You're my sister-photographer-friend — I'll pray for you to be flooded with clients and referrals.

Becky Avella  – (5/03/2009 08:07:00 AM)  

I'm excited for you as you follow this dream. I can't wait for others to enjoy the talent and gift God has given you. I'm praying with you.

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