Peace Like a River

When I first started my journey into photography it was about creating and documenting nature and the other things I saw while exploring. I was inspired by light, nature and the people I was with. As I’ve gotten older it’s become 50% about the final image and 50% recharging mentally or getting away from the daily pressures of life.

A few years after I bought my first camera I began to have severe anxiety and panic attacks. Photography became a distraction and a way to focus on something other than my anxiety. Over the years photography has remained part of my therapy and method to maintain a sense of peace.

“Peace like a river”… – When I younger we would sing a hymn in church with this line in it but it was just words in the song. It really didn’t have any relevance to me until I got older and realized what the author of the song was talking about. Horatio Spafford wrote the hymn after a personal tragedy and even though I have not experienced an event close to what he endured, I have learned to appreciate the reference in the hymn.

I’m very fortunate that I live in an area of Canada where I’m surrounded by water. I’ve come to realize the truth in the statement “Peace like a river”. There is something very calming listening to a waterfall or waves while looking at an immense body of water. It can be visually intense but audibly relaxing at the same time. Perhaps that is why we have taken to artificially playing the sound of water in our homes to sooth us.

Welsford Falls, New Brunswick

Welsford Falls which eventually drain into the Saint John River

Sometimes while sitting by the ocean or a river I leave my camera by my side or case, just spending the time to reflect on the grandness of the scene and appreciate the magnificence of God’s design. There is a part of me that finds peace while being a spectator of something so incredible. Even though I don’t totally understanding how it is all held together but recognizing it is God who is ultimately in control. The waves will crash and water rises but He is the one who determines just how high that is.