What it’s Like to Slow and Tell


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.

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7 thoughts on “What it’s Like to Slow and Tell

  1. I think this is why it’s nice to sometimes leave my phone at home when I go on a walk! I remember as a teen my dad insisted I take the ham radio (amateur radio!!!!) with me when I went walking around our normal neighborhood. I never felt like I could escape fully into nature. I could never get away! I am very attached to pictures…so sometimes it is hard to ignore the phone. 🙂

    1. It’s a balance, isn’t it Heather? (and you take lovely photos!) I think as writers that paying attention to our senses feeds good writing, hence the need to look without a lens 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  2. You and Max Lucado think along the same lines! (I’m so impressed!!) He wrote, “Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless…listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you” (Grace for the Moment, p. 388). All his glorious gifts of creation demonstrate his gracious, over-the-top love. How can we NOT be moved?

  3. “I’m here. I made this. I love you.” Jody, I’m reveling in these words today before heading out for my walk with the dog. I try to “see something new” when I head out to the back forty, which often seems to be about having “new eyes” and a soft gaze that rests on things along the path, or higher up, even if, especially if, it’s meant to be an aerobic walk that day.:) Which of course, then it isn’t because I have to pause and drink things in. Which surely is aerobic for my spirit. And while the camera sometimes helps me walk with expectation, I know just what you mean about entering and savoring the experience, receiving it, not trying to “take” the show ‘n tell snapshot.

    1. Oh, friend, your words make me smile. I enjoy walking in the woods near our house and often use the occasion to make it an ‘aerobic experience’, so necessary to my heart and lungs. But I’ve always got my phone just in case something catches my eye, which then slows me down.
      It’s a dance of balance–drinking the wonder in as a gift from my Creator versus sharing it with the rest of world.

  4. Love this! Seeing things for what they are is so helpful on life’s journey, I think. It’s one of my favorite topics. And the connection to story? Yes. Yes. Yes.

    1. Natalie, it makes me so happy that this resonated with you….I think we hear the same tunes 🙂

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