25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.
When I started this journey into photography 25 years ago it was about creating images of nature and the other things I saw while exploring. I was inspired by light, the animals and the people I was with. As I’ve gotten older it’s sometimes a bit less about the final image. It's become a way to escape mentally and getting away from the daily pressures of life.
A few years after I bought my first camera I began to have severe anxiety and panic attacks. Photography became a distraction and a way to focus on something other than my anxiety. Over the years photography has remained part of my therapy and method to maintain a sense of peace.
The years of anxiety tested my faith in God, but eventually it brought me closer to him. Matthew's words became a daily meditation. The panic attacks gradually subsided, but these words still speak to me on a regular basis. While out hiking and taking photographs I am continually reminded of God's faithfulness with each crashing wave, sunrise, animal or spectacular forest I document.
Quite often while I edit an image of an eagle, sandpiper or gull I'm reminded of this verse. I am grateful for these times, because I still need the occasional reminder of His faithfulness not only in my past, but also for my future. I won't say it's always easy to give all the anxieties in life to God, but with each trip outside I gain a sense of reassurance. If God, the Creator of the universe cares for a sparrow that much, can you imagine how much more He love you and me? As hard as it may seem during these days, let me assure you God is in control and cares for every aspect of your life.