Wouldn’t it be nice to photo shop your life? Tweak imperfections in relationships the way photographers tweak photographs?
Just for fun, imagine the possibilities.
Let’s delete shadows of painful memories. Click! Regrets of parenting mistakes gone.
Now, blur specific painful scenes. Click! Stories your child told of being bullied or ignored can no longer be seen in your mind’s eye.
Next, air brush ugliness away and smooth out edges. Click! Tension in the family dissolves.
Don’t forget to crop out unwanted emotions. Click! Anxiety and worry are gone from you and your child who has mental illness (MI).
Let’s try reducing the noise that clutters up a marriage. Click! Resentment is replaced with clear communication.
Finally, use the red eye tool to remove the tear-stained, sleep-deprived inflammation. Click! A false façade hides deep sorrow.
Sadly, it seems impossible to remove painful memories, erase regrets, smooth away tension, restore a marriage, sleep peacefully, and stop the tears.
We walk from peaceful days into the darkness. Why?
I discovered a wonderful symbolism of God’s ways when I tinkered with tools in Photo Shop.
My newest pastime is altering photographs. I’ve recently learned how to change the background of pictures.
I captured a nice picture of a macaw. The context of the cage pulled my attention away from the bird’s pretty colors. I wondered if I could improve the picture.
When I switched to a black background, the glorious colors exploded like fireworks in the night. I gasped in awe at the result. Once distractions were removed, the exquisite rainbow of colors became strikingly vibrant.
Has MI plunged you into darkness? The Designer of the universe knows how to focus your attention on Him. The darker the trial, the brighter His presence. Suddenly all that’s seen is His vibrant love.
The complicated context of our lives masks God’s presence. When our lives are uneventful, we rarely notice Him. So, God switches the background.
Walking in darkness conjures up images of someone stumbling. It stirs up ugly emotions: fright, uncertainty, loneliness…But, God ways aren’t like our ways. He knows when we walk in darkness, we look harder for Him.
In our darkest of times, God’s presence captivates our attention. His love comes alive. His comfort reaches out to us. His peace calms our heart.
Words in the Bible, once a multitude of verses, become God’s personal message to us. The Bible, previously our Daily Bread, becomes a true feast for the heart. Our lifeline. We witness His faithfulness and learn to depend on His promises.
My camera has a switch for automatic. But, I prefer using the manual switch. I like to be in control.
Have you got your life on manual? How’s it working for you? Try switching to automatic. Let God capture your heart. He’s perfecting His masterpiece. Your family portrait is framed in His perfect plans. Wait for them to be fully developed. What He’s begun, He’ll complete.
For now, we see only in part. Like this small glimpse of a snapshot.
God sees the big picture.
Ask God to give you His heavenly perspective.
Reflect on God’s Hand in your life as you listen to Chris Tomlin sing ‘Take My Life’