But, it required me to go get it fixed. And before I could go get it fixed I had to be sure that all my photos were backed up.
I plugged the phone into my computer and just like that, in the span of a few minutes I relived our entire summer. Beginning back in June through the first days of school, until just yesterday I saw image after image flash before me. And I was overcome with thankfulness.
Each smile, each treasured moment, each special person…I am reminded of the gifts we unwrap each moment.
It was seriously like stepping out of time for a second and watching days and weeks and months flip by. I noticed how much Derek’s hair has grown, and how different Ben looks with his hair cut now. Even the silly photos, or the random captures of sunsets and books and coffee mugs added to the whole feel and tone of the last few months. It was a strange and beautiful experience, maybe you’ve had something similar happen to you…but all I could do was sit back and smile and say thank you.
Because so much can change in a moment. Life seems so guaranteed. But our logic is flawed. We think that just because our heart has been beating and our lungs have been filling for the last *fill-in-the-blank* years of our lives it will continue on doing just that. But that is just simply not true.
And the temporal, the lovely now, that is here just for a moment and gone with hardly enough time to capture in an image, slips by. Change is happening all around us. Summer with all its strawberries and sand has come and gone. Fall is one sudden cold snap away. Snow pictures will soon fill my phone’s camera roll, and we march on giving thanks for the good behind us and yearning for the good ahead of us. And God who stands outside of time knows exactly how many times our heart will pump and just how many breaths we’ll inhale. He knows how many summers we’ll savor and how many Christmas mornings we’ll celebrate. And one day he’ll call us to eternity and teach us the ways of heaven. All will be restored, death will die, and the flashes of glory we’ve seen now will pale in comparison to what has been prepared for us.
So thank you phone for having issues. In fact go ahead and break every few months, so that I can sink deep in thankfulness and glimpse our great God weaving this story moment by moment!
Singing His Grace,