Why is our culture so obsessed with mapping out every detail of the future? Lord, may our generation rely on you. Oh how many times have I been asked, “So what do you want to do after you graduate?” or “What will you do with your major?” (and yes, I’ve had several doubtful looks when I share I’m a Studio Art major.) But this truth has comforted me: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” This has taken on a whole new meaning to my life lately. So many new and exciting things happening so quickly! I want to share an update with my dear viewers:
First, I am absolutely falling more and more in love with photography and art each and everyday. Until this year (as in just a couple months ago, actually) I viewed my creative outlets as just hobbies and things I did on the side. I refused the idea of it becoming a vocation because it wasn’t “practical or secure.” At least that’s what I kept telling myself because society said so. But then this summer the Lord AWAKENED me and truly convicted me about running from the very thing He created me to be! So I began my Junior year of college with a whole new perspective and change of heart. I am now “writing a blank check” to the Lord to do what He wills for my life. I refuse to let myself settle for comfort and map out my life’s plans. I’ve given up forcing my artistic gifts to fit into a typical 9-5 safe job. Now, I really have no idea exactly what I want to do “when I grow up.” But there is one thing I am sure of: I want my life to be worship and to reflect Christ. And it’s actually not about me, but giving glory to Him. And that’s all the future I need to know. He is teaching me so much about trusting Him through this unknown period of life. And thats exactly where He wants me to be, fully trusting in His sovereignty and not in my own strength. So I’m ready to fully pursue, challenge, and explore my gifts of photography and art. If you would like to join me on this journey, I would love for you to go “Like” my new Facebook fan page. I will frequently update pictures and artwork and share my thoughts! I really appreciate your love and support in this artistic pursuit. www.facebook.com/EBphotographyartistry
Second, I am humbly excited to inform you “EB Photography + Artistry” is a dream turning into a reality! I wasn’t expecting all of this to turn into a small business. So through this journey I have learned a lot about marketing. I have a new logo, as you might have seen on my last photo shoot! And I now have businesses cards! So blown away that as soon as I released my grip on my future plans, the Lord provides. He has affirmed that by allowing my photography business to rapidly expand.
Third, another tid bit of new information (I am THRILLED about) is that I am officially going to India in January to serve on a mission trip! I didn’t really expect to go on this trip, but again the Lord provides and calls us to trust in Him. And He provided in an incredible way. I would deeply appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I prepare to go in a few months. Specifically pray that the gospel would ultimately spread to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:7-8). Also, I’m raising financial support through my photo shoots, and all of my “Christmas Card Mini Session” proceeds go straight towards this trip! So if you are interested in scheduling a session, shoot me an email and we will be in contact!
Oh what a journey it has been, indeed! As I was struggling to abandon my idealistic future plans, I was given this wonderful book called “Just Do Something” by Kevin DeYoung. I really recommended it. It truly is a liberating approach to finding God’s Will. He writes, “So the end matter is this: Live for God. Obey the scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be Holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.” HOW REFRESHING.
Overall, I am learning that as artists, we are merely sub creators. As we passionately create, we worship the ultimate, original Creator. I am humbled to be able to connect to my heavenly father in a unique and intimate way through the arts, trusting my unknown future to my known God, the ultimate artist.
Is there something in your life (plans, career, relationship, etc) that you need to surrender to the Lord? Trust that His perfect timing, complete sovereignty, and all knowing power that He will take care of you.