Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In The Picture


I haven’t been in all that many photos since I became a mom.  And it’s not because we don’t have pictures.  I would guess that we take an average of 2o pictures per day.  And that’s not an exaggeration.  It’s probably much more than that.  Pretty soon after Grande was born my husband and I realized we had become paparazzi and my son was our target.
As I was taking pictures of my sons at the park today it occurred to me that if they showed someone our pictures they might have to search for one of me.  The great majority are of them.  
I may be absent from the pictures, but I’m not absent from their lives.  Looking back through pictures they may not see me, but I was there.  I am there in all of it.  Behind the camera.  Snapping pictures, encouraging smiles, even directing what they are doing or how they are standing sometimes.  And yet looking at the pictures they may ask, where was Mami?  
It’s the same with God.  We may not see him in the picture, but He is there.  Snapping pictures, encouraging smiles, and even directing our actions sometimes.  
I love the Bible verse below.  When I begin to wonder if He is really there.  When He isn’t visible in the pictures.  When I begin to doubt.  I remember His faithfulness and the strength of His love.  
It’s how I see Him.  The evidence of His presence.  Like my shadow in the picture.  
 I'm absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Romans 8:38-39


  1. Perfect post! It's so perfectly true. Thanks for posting this today.

  2. I love seeing you in that picture! Ah, but what a presence you are--not a mere shadow. I once joined a bloggy challenge called Mom in the picture or something like that. Because we moms are often the ones behind the camera, this gentle lady challenged us to take a picture of ourselves (with or without kids!) once a week and post it at our blogs. She said that one day these pictures would bless our kids tremendously, and I know she's right. STill...I didn't finish the challenge :).

  3. I love the parallel between you and the camera and seeing God even though He may not be visible in the picture. So glad you linked up at SDG today!

  4. What a beautiful reminder that even when we can't feel God's presence or see His hand in our life, we can still trust His heart and know that He is with us...ALWAYS!

    SO beautiful-

  5. This is a precious reminder. Thank you!