Sustenance from the archives+: Capture

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They soared above my head and I reached for my cell phone to capture them in flight. I could not access the camera on my cell phone quickly enough and was frustrated as the flock quickly disappeared from my view. Moments later, another flock flew above my head and it seemed I was being given another opportunity to capture the beauty overhead. I took several shots this time but was disappointed when I looked at the photos. What was clear as day and life sized viewed through the lenses of my human eyes, was captured by my cell phone’s camera as dots in the expanse of the sky.

This experience reminded me of the fact that the lenses through which I see do influence the quality of my vision and my perception of my experiences. I used my cell phone’s camera, which was okay for close up shots of stationary objects, to capture birds in flight; however, what I needed were lenses designed to capture motion from a distance.

And I think of how often I rely on the lenses of my experiences, and emotions, and the opinions of others to understand the circumstances of my life, when what I need are the lenses of faith. Faith, we are told, “makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1, CEV).  We are told also that we need faith to please God; thankfully, He has given us faith and we can develop our faith, as one Bible teacher notes, “by feeding it on God’s Word and by putting it into practice (or exercising it) in everyday living.” The lenses of faith. I need them.


Today’s post is for Day 25 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Capture.” The original version of this post was published as, “Lenses,” on September 26, 2016. To read Day 24’s post, please click on the link below.

Day 24: Brief

Advent Week 4: Day 6 – LOVE

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Prayer

Ancient of Days. Jehovah Shalom. Father.  May our faith (our abiding trust in You and Your promises) be constant, our hope (confident expectation of eternal salvation) be unwavering, and our love (unselfish love for others, growing out of Your love for us) be deeply rooted and maturing. Thank You for Your love.

 

 

Lenses

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They soared above my head and I reached for my cell phone to capture them in flight. I could not access the camera on my cell phone quickly enough and was frustrated as the flock quickly disappeared from my view. Shortly after, another flock flew over my head and it seemed I was being given another opportunity to capture the beauty over head. I took several shots this time but was disappointed when I looked at the photos. What was clear as day and life sized viewed through the lenses of my human eyes, was captured by my cell phone’s camera as dots in the expanse of the sky.

This experience reminded me of the fact that the lenses through which I see do influence the quality of my vision and my perception of my experiences. I used my cell phone’s camera, which was okay for close up shots of stationary objects, to capture birds in flight; however, what I needed were lenses designed to capture motion.

And I think of how often I rely on the lenses of my experiences, and emotions, and the opinions of others to understand the circumstances of my life, when what I need are the lenses of faith. Faith, we are told, “makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1, CEV).  We are told also that we need faith to please God; thankfully, He has given us faith and we can develop our faith, as one Bible teacher notes, “by feeding it on God’s Word and by putting it into practice (or exercising it) in everyday living.” The lenses of faith. I need them.

 

Storytellers: Fear and Faith

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Fear is a storyteller and, like all storytellers, fear has a voice. Sometimes it roars so deafeningly, we want to and sometimes do cower and cover our ears in search of refuge and relief. But there are no natural ear plugs, no amount of covering our ears that will still the roar that comes from within. Sometimes it whispers mockingly, spelling out our demise with absolute certainty: “You are not going to make it.” “You will not survive this trial, this heart break, this loss.” “The cancer will return.” “Your child is going to die.” “You are going to be fired and lose your home and end up on the street.” Sometimes it cloaks itself with false concern: “Remember what happened the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?” Fear is a storyteller, weaving false stories with just enough morsels of facts to give them the appearance of truth. Highlights only what we can experience through physical senses. And oh how fear torments.

Faith is a storyteller also. Speaks only truth because it issues forth from Truth. It is “the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Because of its character, faith tells us that what we see is not all there is. Faith speaks only the words of the Father: Declares healing in the face of illness. Peace in the midst of tsunami like circumstances. Declares you are more than a conqueror when you have suffered what seems like life crushing defeat. Tells you that you are precious and honored in His sight, and accepted in the Beloved, even as you hold a “Dear John letter” or freshly served divorce papers. Reminds us that God is always with us even when we feel achingly alone and do not sense His presence. Assures us that He will keep every promise He has made even as we live year after year with unfulfilled promises. Reminds of His instruction, “Do not fear.”

Fear and faith are both storytellers. Which storyteller has your attention? If you are giving fear more attention than faith, what spiritual practices can help you better tune your ears to, refocus on the “voice” of faith?

Monday Vitamins: The first step

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Five Minute Friday: Release

Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and friends for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is “Release.”

 

Release

A word

A breath

A sigh

A prayer

A longing

A hurt

But never release, let go of hope

Though circumstances may suggest continuing to believe

Continuing to hold on to hope

Continuing to have faith in this One you have never seen

And Who sometimes is oh so silent

Is futile

 

But is it true that He is silent?

I have heard that He is always speaking

Sometimes pain, worry, anxiety, feelings of helplessness

Can keep us from hearing

 

He speaks through nature

Did not the psalmist who was king note

“The heavens declare His glory?”

“The firmament reveals His handiwork?

 

Release all that binds

Release the past

Forgive with His help

And set both you and the other free

 

Release everything but hope, love, and faith

Keep believing your Father is Who He says He is

That He will do what He says He will do

And you are who He says you are

 

Five Minute Friday