Have you ever seen something so beautiful… something that you stop and stare at…simply in awe of God’s beauty? You want to capture the moment, so you get to the spot with the best possible view, put your car in park, get out your phone and snap a picture. You want to capture God’s beauty then share it with the world. You’re so excited to capture this moment and see God’s beauty over and over again… anytime you want because it’s now saved on your phone! Then…you look at the picture. And it’s just ok. It simply does NOT showcase God’s amazingness the way you see it in real life.
This morning I dropped Samson off at daycare and headed back west. The brightest, fullest moon was peeking around the Glen Elder water tower. I had to see what this looked like over the lake, so I drove a little further, crossed the dam road and parked my car. How GORGEOUS! God is awesome and it’s gonna be an awesome day!! Of course, I got my phone out to take a picture and the scenario described above played out.
As I turned my car back around and crossed the dam road again, (saying dam road makes me giggle…dam road) I pondered. How often are we in the moment, enjoying what is around us, loving it and soaking it in? Then we want to save it forever so we get out our phones and it’s just not as good anymore.
God’s beauty is all around us. A beautiful full moon. A smile from someone you love or even a stranger. Simple conversations. Amazing coffee. Answered prayers.
Are we wholeheartedly enjoying these moments? Is anything ever better through a phone camera lens? Is saving these moments forever better than enjoying them in the present?