Pictures, pictures everywhere. Anywhere. Any time. If you have a phone, you have a photo. Moments captured and documented, milestones shared, joys multiplied. And while a picture often IS worth a thousand words, and they often tell a story, they don’t tell the whole story.
The problem with the ubiquitousness (that’s a word, right?) of iPhones and Smartphones is the ease with which we grab them to capture said occasions, instead of telling our story.
When I want to share a moment with you, all I have to do is pull out my phone–the grandkids are right there, the perfect, stunning sunset, the surprise birthday photo of a spouse….Without a word, every detail is there….
Maybe we would actually get better at seeing if we simply used our OWN eyes (not a camera in a phone) to record this wonderful world.
Or what if, in order to really see, we take off our glasses (if we have them) and force our tired and busy eyes to relax?
Use our senses to fully experience something–pay attention, listen closely, be still enough to feel what’s happening?
I am reminded of a book I read a while back that has changed everything about the way I pay attention to the world. As often as I remember, no matter where I am, but especially outside on my deck, I tune in and listen, not just look.
-Is the wind rustling the leaves like the washing of waves on a faraway shore?
-What does the breeze feel like on my skin?
-I strain for the sweet sound of the birds as they praise their Creator.
-I hear laughter of children, I see the clouds stacked up in the distance.
And I see and hear Jesus. He paints a picture with His words–“I’m here. I made this. I love you.”
I want to tell that story, how about you?
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p.s. This is an edited version of a post that appeared on this blog March 2015.