I wait for the Northern Cardinals to leave. I lean in, snap the photograph, and then get out of there before I’m pecked to death or beaten with a mother bird’s wings.
|Northern Cardinals Growing in the Nest|
I don’t even check the photos until I’m safe inside.
|Sleeping Northern Cardinals|
It’s the same caution I take when I photograph a snake or a snapping turtle. The best photographs involve an element of danger.
Living with flair sometimes includes danger. We take risks; we move out of comfort zones; we endure the possibility of harm. Why? Because there’s beauty and joy right on the other side. I wonder, too, if moving deeper into a life of faith requires confronting danger–seen and unseen–because that’s the only way to have a clear picture of the power and victory of knowing God. That’s the only way to grow faith.
If I only move ahead in my life into safe and obvious directions, maybe I need to think more about choosing avenues that call for the kind of faith that I want to have.
So I face the danger, and I move out in faith. There’s a beautiful picture waiting.
Journal: Do I need to move ahead despite danger and uncertainty?