God; His Fingerprints are in the details of your life
Believe it or not, I found out about the Great Salt Lake State Park by browsing through dozens of images in a Google search.
I knew I wanted to photograph the Savior in the sand, walking along the water, but I didn't know where to do it.
In my search I found a local photographer from Utah who had taken engagement pictures at the Great Salt Lake State Park, and stumbling upon her pictures, I was instantly intrigued.
I quickly wrote a short email that I was from Wisconsin and that I was wondering where the photographer took the images, and that was that.
Fast forward to Oct. 11, 2017 around 5:30p.m. Tanya (my wife) and I are on the beach with our model of the Savior, and we are trying to figure out what to do next.
A day prior we were in the mountains, working with flashes, different locations and posing, but all of a sudden we are at the beach and everything is still.
You can see for miles, and all you can hear are the waves splashing against the sand and an occasional seagull flying overhead.
What do we do with all this empty space?
I paused, prayed, took five minutes, and asked for help. I felt as though the window's of Heaven had closed, and all I could see in front of me was a large pile of sand to work with.
In Jeremiah 18:1-7, we learn that Jeremiah was taught an important, yet profound lesson that indeed changed his life. "Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
O [Tyler], cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, [Tyler]."
Often times we forget that we are the potter's clay in the hands of the Lord, and that He is the potter. He can make more of us than we will ever be able to by ourselves.
Somehow, someway, we came home with images that touched our souls and changed our lives. Even in the vastness of the Great Salt Lake, we were able to find God and His Son Jesus Christ. His words, "O Tyler, cannot I do with you as this potter?" will forever ring in my mind. Indeed, God is the greater potter, and He knows what He wants us to be.
Leaving the beach, never have I felt more disappointed in myself than I did here. I left with a sinking feeling in my stomach like I just blew it, but going through the images, I found God's fingerprints over the ones He wanted. It was as though the editing was already done for me.
When you are on the Lord's errand, things won't always go as you planned, but if you are willing to be taught, He will take your hand and guide you along.