We were challenged in Blogging 101 to use a prompt and write a post about it. The thing about prompts is that I usually have a different take on things. So, the prompt is “A Moment in Time: What was the last picture you took? What was the story behind it.” So, I started thinking about pictures I’ve taken. Most have been people and things around me. Things I don’t want to forget.
I have lots and lots and lots of zoo pictures. Yes, I LOVE going to the zoo. When I was really small, the zoo enclosures weren’t huge, so you could usually see the animals. Now, the enclosures are pretty amazing as they are set up more like the animals’ natural habitat and we are just getting a glimpse in. Sometimes you can see the animals, though at times, they go to the sections of their enclosures that are hidden from view, to just get away. I love going to the zoo first thing in the morning, as the animals are generally out and about and have more energy. Yes, I realize that part of that is that this is Phoenix Arizona, so it gets a bit warm later in the day. Another reason for the early mornings is that there are less people. What is it about the animals that I enjoy so much? It is the fact that God gave us such an amazing variety of animals. They have so many different looks, activities and places in the world. We all have a place, from the tiny gnat (no, I haven’t quite figured out why they are so important) to people. I think part of my fascination is that I know this world is full of sin and is NOT the way God created it to be. I can’t wait to see it without the sin. There are a lot of verses in the Bible that talk about God creating new heavens and a new earth. Romans 8:21 says, “The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” I love looking at the mountains around me, the sunrise and sunset, the plants and animals and wondering, as beautiful and amazing as they are now, what will they be like without the bondage of sin. What will I be like without the bondage of sin? I won’t have health problems, I won’t have to firmly clamp down on the desire to say things just as mean to others as they say to and about me and others. I’ll be free to be who God created me to be and that will be good and holy and righteous.
I know there are a lot of people out there who say they don’t believe in God, or what they worship isn’t God. God gave us the ability to choose to follow Him, or to choose not to. Sometimes that choice is very difficult as there are so many factors that affect us. But, for me, I choose God. He is large and in charge, I am not. I don’t have to, nor can I, make decisions that affect the entire universe. For that, we should all be glad. God won’t force us to choose Him. He won’t force us to be with Him for eternity, either. But, if we want to be with Him, we just have to choose Him and He’ll not only save us a place, Jesus promised to stand for us. Oh, for that I can’t thank Him enough. For all that I’ve done, all that I’ve thought, all that I do that separates me from God here and now, Jesus paid the price. I couldn’t possibly. As much as I try to do what God wants, I mess up. I am a sinful person in a sinful world that is manipulated by the best liar there is. On my own, I couldn’t possibly pay the price for the choices I’ve made. But, because God created us and He lived as one of us, He gave us the choice to trust in Him to take care of the price for us. That’s it, just trust in Him – know that He already did it. Because of that trust in who He is and what He has done, I want to change my life and live it His way.
To bring this back to the pictures, the reason I take pictures of people and things that I don’t want to forget, is that when I see those pictures, it brings back memories. Not just of that moment in time, but of life in general and how the people or things in the pictures impact my life. My daughter is a photographer and takes amazing photographs that have such beauty and depth. She takes a picture of people and you get a sense of the people themselves. My pictures aren’t anything like that. But, to me, they bring back a lifetime of memories. We all have different perspectives of life around us, but that perspective is part of what makes us unique and who we are.
Thank you for spending some time with me today!