I recently took a couple of days to travel North of the Atlanta area to relax a little and take pictures of "whatever." It was a quick two night trip with just my camera and all that surrounded me.
One of my stops was the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I came across an area where I stopped to take a picture of the road as it wound it's way into the mountains. As I framed the shot my thoughts were of the beauty surrounding the road and the peacefulness of it seemingly disappearing into nowhere. The image above is the picture I took.
Getting the shot was a challenge. The day I was in the park was especially busy. The traffic was very steady. As I set up my camera atop the tripod I wondered how long I would have to stand there waiting for no traffic to pass in both lanes. I decided to take a few practice shots with traffic to make sure I had my settings where I wanted them. I was ready. All I needed now was a break in the traffic. Almost seventeen minutes later, finally, I got the shot.
A lot went into just that one shot. Initially I had to plan the time to get away. Having the time I had to plan my destination, thinking through what I hoped to capture. When the time came gathering my resources and setting out on the journey. During my journey being observant for the image. Once located the care in preparing for the shot. And finally being patient enough to wait for the moment.
I later asked myself how I was able to make it happen. It was in an especially busy season at work. It was also a time of transition at work. At home I had a few projects underway but not yet complete. Other projects were waiting. My family wanted my time and I wanted to spend time with them. The weekly tasks of owning a home that are always there were indeed there. But I did it because I knew I needed it. I needed it to be the best I could be for my God, my Lord, my family, and for my church.
I have purposed going forward to continue to take needed trips alone, whether they be actual travel or pockets of time. I will have to plan ahead. I will have to get things done in advance and be sure people are in place. I will have to think through where I want to go and how I get there. I will need to be sure of just what I want to capture while there. All needed resources will need to be gathered. I will need to be careful in preparing for the moment. Yes, taking the needed trips alone (pockets of time) will take effort. But they are rest and I need them to be my best.
"Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience." Hebrews 4:11
I am so busy. I have so many things I am behind on. People want more of my time. But I have to rest! I have to rest physically, emotionally, and In God to be at my best for all.