It's taking me a second to get my jaw off the ground because I did NOT see this coming. Out of over 3,000 submissions, my photo was 1 of 53 images to be chosen as Watch the Yard's "Top Iota Grad Photos of 2019". What's crazy is....I didn't even submit my photo!
I was literally sitting here typing up a completely different message, when I was notified that Watch The Yard wanted to send me a DM. When I read that they had selected my photo as a top photo, I was confused. "What photo?" As I was hustling to click the link and flip through their other selections, I just kept saying, "What photo? I didn't submit anything." God immediately replied, "I did."
I was floored when I saw this image because, if I'm going to be transparent, I was about ready to hang up my photography. I wasn't necessarily giving up on my photography, nor shutting down my account, but I was ready to shelf the business. I've been trying to get my photography business off the ground for years, and, despite my consistent strive to hone my skills and the accolades I've received in the past, my business never seemed to get any momentum behind it. I am convinced that God gave me this gift for a reason, but I was getting to a point where I was thinking maybe I should just shelf it for now. I felt as though God kept closing the door to every opportunity I was getting or had. So I thought, maybe it's just not time for me to be a full time photographer or operate in this gift. The only reason I continue to post on my instagram was simply to do what little I felt like I could do at this point. Receiving that notification told me one thing: Don't let it go. God is working behind the scenes.
It seems every time I start thinking, maybe I'm not supposed to be doing something because it's not yielding any fruit, God manages to send a message that He's working behind the scenes. At my last art show, several people came up to me and said, "I saw "Misclockulated" from across the room and I just had to come see it up close." Another guy said his friend had told him about my piece and he came over to see why he loved it so much. Every now and then I get a call from friends or family with a "I love your work" type of message from one of their friends who'd seen my work as well. When things like this happen, it encourages me to keep putting myself out there because it reminds me that I have no idea how many eyes see my work or how many conversations God is mentioning my name in. I say all this to encourage you as well. Keep putting yourself out there. You have no idea how many people God is showing your gift too. Sooner or later you're going to get a message similar to this one.
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