Monday, April 29, 2013

God is Funny...

Alternately Titled: God is smart and I'm the funny one for not recognizing he thinks of everything...

{First, let me apologize for this month-long absence from the blog-o-sphere.  It's horrible of me, I know, truth is things have been busy and I just haven't made it a priority to get on here and update! So, I'm sorry, please forgive me.}
Anyway, onto the post!

So shortly after getting back from Tanzania a client (whom I haven't seen in several months, actually) messaged me about possibly coming to the photography club she leads at a local school as a guest speaker.  First I was like, "Me? What? Don't you want a real photographer?" Then God put that in check and reminded me, I kind of am a real photographer.  I sometimes forget because it seems like it's just a hobby to me and it's something I love.  Then I look at my calendar and am reminded - that yes, with over a dozen bookings a month, I suppose that means I'm a 'real' photographer.  Then I thought, "Aww, that's so sweet!" The fact that someone would want me to come pour into these young peoples' lives and teach them about photography gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies.  So I agreed.

I went and chatted a little bit about Mission for Mawu, our love for Africa, and our calling to move there in August.  I answered some questions the teens had about missions, then turned the conversation to photography.  Touching on some basics before we headed outside so they could see it in action.  We went out and the plan was for me to take head shots for them while describing what I was doing and why I was doing it.  It was a good time and I sincerely loved doing it!  They were a great group of kids, asked great questions and were really engaged.
The Photography Club at Northside Baptist

So I get home and - well, no, it was on the way home, while I was driving really - I'm thinking of all these lessons I could do on photography.  I mean, this was like the Holy Grail for me: teaching + photography - my two passions in one!  There's no better combo - besides maybe chocolate and peanut butter.  But I digress.  It really got me excited about the possibility of teaching photography, like I wanted to start writing out lessons and planning already! It was then I was reminded that I will most likely be teaching a photography class in the fall at Hope School and that maybe, just maybe God placed this opportunity in my lap now to get me geared up and excited for what lies ahead.

So while I'm down here on Earth thinking, "Wow, this is random that a client I haven't heard from in months contacts me to (not take family pictures, but) speak to her photography club," God is probably sitting up in Heaven with his feet up chuckling at 'silly Amanda' for not realizing that he thinks of everything and truly gives us the desires of our hearts when we seek Him with everything we have and obey his commands.

So pretty much, I'm the funny one.  Go ahead and laugh at me, I laugh at myself too :)