Like Charles Dickens’ unassuming and endearing character Pip, I do my best to keep a realistic perspective in the face of considerable prospects. However, it’s hard to stay calm and down-to-earth when researching shooting locations for an event like CAPTURE Quebec. Everything banks on flexible, picturesque locations to justify an intense, late-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule required for landscape photography. With all the possibilities discussed for this area, it seemed impossible to be disappointed. But it’s quite another thing to visit in person the places visited in Google Maps.

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We spent our first afternoon yesterday scouting potential spots in the countryside southeast of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Instead of freezing temperatures, snow or blue skies like I was coolly expecting, it turned out to be a rainy, cloudy and perfectly dreary day. I don’t have weather insurance. One of the Frazer’s asked “What will you do during the workshop if this is the type of weather we have?” I thought that was a great question. It made me think. But ultimately, it wouldn’t matter. It would mean we would have to change focus a bit, and perhaps it would mean not coming away with the type of pictures we were expecting, but perhaps it would make the workshop more effective. It would force us to think outside the box. It would only increase the thrill of challenge. Because God is in control of the weather, we just have to do the best that we can to be prepared and stay flexible. It was a good reminder that success doesn’t lie in outward circumstances, but inward trust in God and creativity from God.

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After this, I didn’t feel quite so under the weather. Everything is a gift from God! There is no reason I should expect God to give us dynamic light for the workshop. I can’t expect anything to go smoothly. Expectations. What danger lies in that word. So, thank You, Lord, for rain! Thank You for snow! Thank You for fellowship with other believers. Thank You for life. Thank You for an incredible opportunity to learn patience, trust, and gratefulness for whatever You decide to bring by next week!

And oh, thanks too for the sunshine this morning that I am more thankful for now than ever before!

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