Summertime memories: special moments captured through
videoing, I-phones, or digital cameras. Later however, it’s
discovered total strangers have filled the space, too. This became
all to clear when I looked at a fun reunion picture.
There behind us, at another table, sat an unknown woman
looking despondent and visibly upset. Yet, no one had shouted to
her, “Smile, You’re On Candid Camera” before the “Brownie” clicked
our group. But her countenance abruptly changed to joy, masking her
sadness, when a friend arrived. Unfortunately the first down trodden
emotion is forever frozen in my snapshot.
When we think no one is watching are we too, dishonest with
our emotions, feeling one way, but saying or doing something else,
displaying less than acceptable actions? Is it possible they’re
embedded into another’s 4x5 album?
Do these actions reflect our relationship and walk with our
Lord? Humanly speaking we do have our down times. But how do we
“snap” out of it to walk with confidence and a tranquil spirit?
There is hope when we begin to revisit and listen to God’s
deepest desire of appearing in every frame of our lives by grounding
into our hearts the truth He’s everywhere: “Where can I go from Your
Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into
heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are
there. And you dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea” (Psalm
139:7-9, NKJV). He won’t let us hide!
Nor can we escape His constant search for us: “The eyes of the Lord
range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are
fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV).
Plus He doesn’t stop there, but continues through the midnight
hours: “Behold He who keeps [insert your name] shall neither slumber
nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). What freedom He offers. At any time,
anywhere, at any moment, He’s available. We can lay at His feet our
aching hearts in order to love and live openly, and honestly.
Lord, I find it difficult to handle this [situation, person,
physical ailment, or disappointment,] but I know You are here, and I
rest with an honest open heart trusting You’ll see me through. In
Whether it’s summer, Christmas, birthdays, or etc., no longer do we
have to fear exposure wondering how we come across to others when
not warned to: “Smile Your On Candid Camera.”