Eye Candy for the Soul

by Jackie Hayden

For it was You who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14 HCSB

I take my camera on a lot of my journeys to capture what God has created.

Most photographers look for “eye candy.” What I mean by this is anything we see that is pleasing to our eyes. A flower, a squirrel running up and down a tree, an old road shaded by trees, a red bird that reminds us of a loved one that has passed but is still in our heart, or even the waves on a lake that calm our soul and heart.

To capture a still shot of what God creates is sometimes beyond my comprehension.  

We might forget that we are created in his image and designed to serve and praise our Lord and Savior.  Because he created us, he knows every part of our fears, doubts, and what makes us happy. He knows how committed we will be and what part of his plan we will submit to.  And God knows how much of our life we will let him have.

We are worthy and treasured by him according to Psalm 139:13-14, which says we are created and wonderfully made. These words show what a miracle that we were even formed. Only God could “knit” us together in the most perfect place, the womb, where the journey of our being begins. And these verses suggest that God was proud of his creation.

Even as a camera makes a still picture of what we see, God’s Word is the still picture we can claim, with promises recorded for us to remember, such as John 3:16: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (HCSB).

God gives us eye candy in his creation so that we can appreciate what he has done, seeing that every detail of life has been directly touched by him. Seeing his hand at work around us restores our soul and gives us peace. And God’s Word reminds us that he alone controls this world and our situations, and that he is always near because of his great love for us. We are his eye candy! 

Father God, Thank you for your creation, the formation of a little baby, the beauty of the earth, and the wonderful people in our lives. You overwhelm us with your presence all around. We exalt thee, oh Lord. Amen.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Jackie Hayden is a pastor’s wife who is new to devotional writing and speaking to women. She is a mom, Meme, and loves her Yorkies. God has been teaching her many life lessons over the years. So she chose to say Yes to God and trust Him to equip her for the call.

Join the conversation: What eye candy have you seen lately?

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