Maylee Hill is a Life.Church photographer living out her calling as best as she can. She loves bringing others joy through her work. Capturing moments and stories is an honest form of art, and the thought of telling stories through beautifully captured memories is something that fuels her fire and makes her come alive. Her love for the Father is what carries her through the waves of life, and photography is her sailboat. Today, we’re talking with Maylee about Philippians 3:12-14 and why it inspired her to create a piece of art.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14 MSG
Q: Why did you choose Philippians 3:12-14 for this piece?
A: These verses have always stuck out to me. There’s something so comforting about the thought of running toward Jesus, who is always standing there with open arms. Life can be hard, especially when you’re waiting on God for something big to happen, and sometimes it’s easy to just give up and try something else. But I have some good news for you. Ready? You don’t have to have everything figured out. A lot to comprehend, I know. As I write this, I am currently in a season of waiting for a lot of answers from God, and I’ll admit it’s tough. Those moments are when I have to turn back to this passage and remind myself to run to Jesus. Reach for Him. None of us are anywhere near perfection, and we will never truly have everything figured out, but that’s a good thing—it requires us to trust the Lord one step at a time with hopeful expectation. Keep your eye on the goal and keep trusting God to help you persevere through this waiting season. If it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, trust that God is still working for your good.
Q: Why do you think it can be so hard to trust God’s timing?
A: It’s easy to plan scenarios in my head about how I would like things to turn out, and sometimes I feel like that’s the only way things will ever get done in my life. In those moments when I try to do God’s job, everything goes wrong. I mean, duh. I’ve learned from past experiences that even though my patience is low and I could attempt to take a step to speed up my waiting season, I truly don’t want to. Even though it’s hard to trust God’s timing, not mine, it’s so worth it. I’m learning to wait and see what God has in store for me, because He knows my heart’s desire way before I do, and He is good. I’m well on my way!
Q: How do you relate with Jesus through art?
A: When I take a photo, I try not to think of it as just a digital image on the back of a camera. One of my favorite things to do is to get to know the person that I’m photographing. Everyone has a story, and I get the opportunity to capture a still image of a person at a specific moment in their life. It is so intriguing and inspiring to find out where the person came from and how they got to where they are today. To me, that is how I relate with Jesus through my work. He sees everyone as they truly are, and that is what inspires me daily.
Q: What do you want people to think or do when they see this specific piece?
A: Two things. First, I want them to look at the photo and see the story behind it. To me, it’s saying, “I don’t have this all together, and it’s a struggle, but I have my eye on the goal,” in reference to the Bible passage that inspired it. I want people to remember that in every photo they see, no matter what it might be representing in the moment, it is nothing compared to what’s really going on in a person’s life, or what has happened in their past.
Next, I want them to see the photo and think about how we might look into a mirror and only see our faults and failures in the reflection, but Jesus looks at us and sees us for who we are: ambassadors, conquerors, co-heirs, warriors, beautiful. We don’t have to hold onto who we say we are; we hold on to who Christ says we are. He wondrously reaches out for us to rid us of the reflections of our past in order to give us new life.