A Clear Snapshot?

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For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; Deuteronomy 8:7

I recently purchased a new camera.  

I don't know a lot about cameras.  My experience with them is rather like my experience with cars.  My expectation with a car is that it should start when the key is turned.  My expectation with a camera is that I push a button and I get a picture.

Without realizing it, I purchased one a bit more complicated than what I am finding out is called "point and shoot."

There are numerous different setting for different kinds of lighting, distance, objects being photographed, etc.  There are words I don't understand.  "Aperture," "F-stop," and others.  I'm glad it has a good manual.

Point and shoot just doesn't work with this camera at all!

I played with the camera, following the manual's advice, on the way to a medical appt. in Chicago.  There are some great scenes on the way in, and the autumn trees are breath-taking this year.  What a good way to practice my photo taking!

The camera surprised me.

You see, we were driving along around 70 miles an hour, the road bumping underneath us, as I tried to take pictures.  I wasn't able to hold the camera very steady, but I was clicking away anyway.  Most of what I saw was horribly blurry.  How in the world would any of these turn out?

But I kept taking pictures - not expecting much.

How surprised I was, upon going back and looking at the pictures, that most were as crisp and clear as if I had been standing steadily when the picture was taken!  It didn't matter that I wasn't able to hold the camera very steady.  It didn't matter that we were bumping along at 70 miles an hour.

How in the world could that camera take all of that and give me back a lovely picture?

I started thinking of my life ... and God.

I "bump" along this road called life with most things seeming like they cannot possibly turn out well. How in the world can God take all of the things going on in my life, the out-of-focus things, the bumpy roads, the shakiness of my faith and make something good out of it?

How little I know!

Every once in a while, God shows me a "finished" snapshot of some portion of my life.  

Guess what?

No blurry pictures - but a crisp, clear, brilliant snapshot of God working in my life.

How like God to take a jumble and make something beautiful.

I have come to appreciate the "moments" in life. When they come sharply into focus, I become so amazed at the way God can work.

If man can make a camera that can smooth out photographs in an amazing way, how much more God can take all those unsettled moments in our lives and gift us with a beautiful glimpse of Himself.

Oh, and by the way, I'm realizing how important it is to read the manual.  Without that manual I was disappointed at the messy blurs I was producing.  I felt angry and discouraged.

I think that applies to using God's "manual" as well!

Father God, Thank you for your ability to take every event in our life and bring forth good.  It is amazing as we watch from the blurry side of things, to realize that you bring forth such beauty and joy.  And thank you for those snapshot moments when we do see You clearly.  It makes it all worthwhile.  Amen and amen.

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