Polaroids, Panoramic’s, & Film

Pictures are a funny thing. We edit them, hang them, put them as our backgrounds, gift them – you get the picture (pun intended).

They capture happy moments, sad moments, troubling moments, incredible moments, historical moments; but always just that – moments. They are a snap shot of one event in a long and continuous succession of events in life. A picture is not everything. They never capture a beginning nor an end. There is always more to a picture. There’s a before and an after. A picture is never the finale.

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I like to think of the moments in our lives as pictures. Every situation, every occurrence, is but a blip in a long and ongoing timeline.


Unfortunately, as with physical pictures, we get fixated on the moment. We give all of our attention to the snap shot. It’s the Instagram effect.

I used to tell myself whenever I was facing an issue that as humans we only get to see the polaroid of life- while God sees the panoramic. Clever or cheesy? Either way, it used to bring me great comfort to know that God sees the “bigger picture”, and that whatever I’m facing is not the “end”. Recently though, I came to the conclusion that God doesn’t see the panoramic, because a panoramic….is still a picture. To say that God sees the panoramic is to say that to some degree God is just as limited as we are. I thought it would perhaps be more appropriate to say that God is the one taking the picture… but that still didn’t feel right.

I figured the more appropriate illustration of God is of Him as the director. He knows how the film starts, and he knows how it’ll end. He knows the high moments, the low ones, and all the rest in between. We just get the snap shots.

Here’s the funny part – it has to be that way.

We’re not allowed to know the film in its entirety; because well…where’s the suspense in that? We wouldn’t need to exercise our faith, we wouldn’t need to rely on Him, and we definitely wouldn’t absorb the life lessons if we knew them in advance. We need the polaroids. We need to be limited in what we can see, not for us to get fixated on the snap shots, but to remind us that there’s always more. The film is still playing.

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If we look back at the “album” of our lives I’m sure we can all agree that any snapshot doesn’t tell a full story. That’s encouraging because it reminds us that even the worst snapshots don’t capture an end. At the very least there was a lesson learned, a moment of growth.

Question, if you could take a polaroid of your life right now what would it be of? Would it capture hurt, discontentment, stress, maybe disappointment? Perhaps you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you’d capture happiness, excitement, or fulfillment. Whatever it is, remember it’s just a snapshot. A blip. A moment. And as long as you have breath in your lungs – there are more moments to have.

At the end of the day, the world is still spinning. Life is still going, and the film is still playing. So embrace the limited view, embrace the uncertainty, and enjoy the film- not the polaroid.

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when God shows off

So being that this is my first ever blog post, I figured it would be appropriate to share  with you one of my all time favorite scripture verses.

Here’s a question though…have you ever seen God “show off” in your life? You know, like those moments when there’s absolutely no worldly explanation for what just happened to you other than God stepping in and doing something only He can? Maybe for you that was a promotion that came seemingly out of the woodworks. Perhaps it was a blessing in the form of a home, car, or relationship. Maybe it was the restoration of a friendship that has been damaged for years, or the panning out of a dream that you’ve been pursuing for ages. Whatever the case, I see these moments as none other than God “showing off”, and showing us his ability to do things for us that we can’t do for ourselves.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (NKJV). The key words here are “exceedingly and abundantly”. The apostle Paul’s description of God here is momentous. I especially love it because I am of the belief that God’s modus operandi is to do exactly that- “exceedingly and abundantly above”. I like to think that God enjoys “showing off” to his children.

The problem for some of us, I think, is that we get caught up in the day to day. We’re caught in the cycle, the rhythm and flow of everyday life. We are people of routines, and eventually our hopes and dreams (and if we can be honest our prayers) are reduced to situate the routine and the mundane. Ultimately, “exceedingly and abundantly” sounds more like a fantasy than a possibility for our present reality. For others, the idea of God doing “big things” in ones life is just hard to believe. In the end we live monotonous lives, not expecting much from the one we call our Heavenly Father.

Honestly, we’re selling ourselves short. God created the cosmos. He spoke the galaxies into existence. He created man from dust. His brilliancy is evident in a blade of grass as much as it is in the expansive and overwhelming nature of the Grand Canyon.

God’s not threatened by our situations. He isn’t intimidated by the size of our dreams. He’s not stressed, worried, or shaken up by what we regard as stressful or nerve wracking in our lives. If He did, He’d cease to be God. His very nature is to do “exceedingly and abundantly above”; and quite frankly, I don’t find it wrong to expect that from Him. I believe that to think anything less is to not fully recognize God for who He is.

I don’t know what you’re going through in life. I don’t know what dreams you have, what battles your fighting, or what mountain you’re facing.

I do, however, know that God is in the business of “showing off”. He’s in the business of doing exceedingly and abundantly more – so whatever your situation is – believe, and expect that.

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