Growing up we had “slide” nights. My parents did a six month tour of Europe, in a Combi Van, when I was two, and my sister was five. Forever-after we’d snuggle in on the lounge to re-live the memories. Of course my only real memories are the memories themselves, but do I have real, and fond, and vivid recollections of the slide nights. The warmth and comforting click of the projector, being the one who got to press the button, making rabbit ear silhouettes and seeing myself over and over again, as a 2 year old, eating a lot of hot chips, in a lot of beautiful places.
On the way to the Farm at Barrington this week, in our own very own van, with The Greatest Showman soundtrack blaring, I was arrested by the glorious sky outside, blaring its very own soundtrack; Glory to God Most High! It reminded me of the kind of glorious photos my parents took of Europe. It reminded me of slide night. In fact the front window is about the same size as our old 70’s screen. And I shook my son, Toby, beside me, “Quick! Take a photo!.”
Psalm 19:1-2 says,
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge
I have never owned a good camera. My parents were good camera people. So are all my siblings but I have never bothered. Until now, because Apple have done it for me. Praise God for iPhones! And all of a sudden I get it. I know why they lugged that ridiculously enormous pack on their back to every event. Because sometimes in an instant we see all of eternity and we want to hold on to that. And because frame by frame we see more of what we missed in that instant. We see more of what God has made, we can focus in on more of his world, even if it is in miniature. With the stills we take, we can literally be still with God’s creation.
Job 12:7-10 says,
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the sky and they will tell you, or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hands is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
These holidays I have been getting the kids to experiment, taking their own photos and they have, for the first time ever, all been keen to sit still long enough to be in a good photo, because it’s quick. A good camera can take a good photo even before you’ve sat for it! Like this one below, taken by my son Luca. The second blessing of the iPhone, is that I’m in photos again! because I’m no longer the chief taker.
Be blessed as you enjoy God’s creation today, however you enjoy it, experiencing it or remembering it. Be encouraged that eternity is in everything. Be encouraged to be still in it. Be encouraged to know that God is loving you and speaking to you even through your holiday snaps.
Lots of love,
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