What is it to see? For those of us born with the gift of physical sight the temptation is great to take that extraordinary gift for granted. We see everything around us and by habit often see nothing that matters and nothing of meaning. By our apathy and lack of attention, we are effectively blind by default.
There are more than 1000 uses of the word ‘see’ in Scripture, and nearly 500 for the word ‘look.’ When the word ‘look’ is used a command or as an act, it is with the meaning to ‘apprehend’ and often to assess judgement. To see is to perceive and understand significance and true meaning. Both words require the use of more than our eyes. Both require engagement with the Spirit to see as we are made to see. Yet in faith and obedience we can ask for the gift of seeing rightly and we can in obedience practice seeing till we get better at it.
We exercise the holy gift of looking – bringing observation to bear with our faculty to reason and assess – when we “see” and acknowledge the identity and purpose of another. To cultivate the capacity of seeing is to apprehend the invisible present everywhere with the visible.
Guest Gallery: Julie Jablonski
Guest Gallery: Julie Jablonski
Guest Gallery: Paulette Triplett
Julie Jablonski is a passionate photographer who seeks to capture bits of beauty with her camera, and share her heart for Jesus through photos and creative writing. She lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband/love-of-her-life, David. Together they have two grown children, one just out of the nest, and the other flapping wings furiously on the edge. When she’s not taking or editing photos, she loves to read, shop for treasures at antique and thrift stores, and to take on artistic endeavors, most often with a cup of hot coffee or tea close at hand.
Paulette Triplett was born and raised in rural New England. Her appreciation for nature and flowers comes from this lifestyle and influences her love for gardening. While living in Vermont, Paulette developed many forms of creativity including quilting, gardening, sewing, spinning, weaving, and basketry, eventually building a business.
For 15 years, she served with her family in many nations with University of the Nations, with Hawaii as a home base, in the areas of teaching, art, and community development. With the need for more mobile art forms, painting in
several mediums has served her well. She presently lives on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, lending greater inspiration to her work.
Paulette won many awards through her various form of artistic expression. She enjoys working on portraits inspired by her heart for diverse cultures and peoples she has met around the world, and has opened the “Hidden Artist Workshop”, providing a safe place for others to explore the “hidden artist” within themselves.
Regina Mountjoy has photographed gardens all over the world for better than 20 years, always scanning for the flower smiling back at her. Currently she makes her home in Lafayette, Colorado with her handsome husband and two beloved cattle dogs. When she is not traveling hither and yon, Regina tends her own beautiful white garden, edits countless images, and creates spaces of order and beauty for both herself and her clients at Making Space for Beauty. A deep-rooted Contemplative Christian, she keeps her focus on the good, the true, and beautiful, believes in tipping generously – no matter what, and that letting go of the swirling to-do list to simply be present in the moment is always worthwhile!