four photographs: a day is like a thousand years

North Main Street in Wake Forest

” But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” – 2 Peter 3:8

It’s interesting how photographs can distill our experiences. I’m not sure that “a picture paints a thousand words” so much as that a picture captures a thousand emotions. Or maybe each moment really is that tightly packed with content, and it’s only after we stop time, and then reflect, that we are able to begin to process.

The Bible declares that to God, “a day is as a thousand years.” Maybe what is going on with God is that God not only stands outside of the construct of time, but that our Creator also has the capacity to process every possible nuance of content? Maybe it’s that time is slowed down experientially for those who can extract all of its meaning? Maybe our lives are likewise lengthened to the extent that we engage all the richness and the depth that is possible, if only we learn to pay attention?

IMG_0501NORTH MAIN: So these are my four slices of life for today. The first picture was almost a throwaway, then I realized that the image isn’t out of focus so much as it is packed with movement. The result is a photograph that is its own commentary on the forward movement of time, always reaching into the future.

DAVID & BEKS: Then, these two – taken by our daughter, Naomi – capturing the constant and irrepressible life that hovers around our grandchildren like a palpable aura. David is expressing pure delight at the bubble-experience; Beks is expressing pure delight at being Beks. Children wear their personalities on their sleeves.

IMG_0500It’s funny, but these images, representing a slice of time maybe 1/30th of a second, contain stories we could talk about for hours.

BE A SUNFLOWER! Finally, I’m a huge sunflower fan. They’re bold – yes; they’re beautiful – yes; they make a spectacular display when multiple acres bloom as one in Tuscany – yes… But the thing about the sunflower that grabs me all the way into my soul is that they turn their faces toward the sun.

I want to be that kind of creation, one who is recognized for the fact that I seek out the light, that I turn toward the light, and that – like the sunflower – I somehow capture the light in who I am and then share it with the world.

IMG_0552Happy Wednesday, let’s turn our faces toward the light – DEREK

The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalm 27:1

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