Moment of Self Reflection
Sometimes in life, the greatest things happen at the most unexpected moments. This morning as I slipped my boots on for work, I looked to my left and noticed a framed picture on the night stand of Dylan that made me reminisce. This picture has been in the same spot for several years, as it was taken over twelve years ago. So you may ask the logical question, what made the long standing picture so significant this morning?
Well…..it was a reminder of exactly what went into making that picture and the realization that this picture emulated what started this story; the greatest things in life happen at the most unexpected moments. When Dylan was 7 months old, we were in Cross Creek Mall, noticed a picture kiosk near the now food court area, and thought it would be a great idea to get a few pictures of our baby boy. We sat him down on the hard black plastic seat, inserted the $10, and selected the color picture and size we wanted. As we prepared Dylan to look forward at the perfect time for the countdown clock, the baby came out, and he turned his head up and to the right at the last second as the camera flashed. Now, on these machines there were no do-overs or refunds. We thought; there goes $10 down the drain while still anxiously awaiting in anticipation for the split second moment the photo machine captured. Honestly, initial thoughts before printing were to just consider it a loss and try again at a later date. As the machine processed the photo, mimicking vibrating robotic noises, we knew that photo was going to be a blur. As the machine finalized, the finished product spit out of a cartridge slot on the left side of the machine. Kim and I both looked at each other in sheer shock and amazement.
The picture was a black and white pencil sketch photo, which we did not purposely select and it was the most beautiful picture we could have ever imagined, even with purposeful planning. It shadowed the area underneath his chin with dark lead shading and the position of his head could not have been anymore perfect for the moment. The picture ended up capturing one of the best moments of life, regardless of what we thought would have been best when selecting the perfect memory. With all that being said, this morning I was reminded of this as I pulled on my boots. Some of the best things will happen at the most inopportune times in life regardless of what you think should happen. Life throws a lot of curve balls at times, but it is still up to us to swing or not. God is always in full control of every situation and always knows the final outcome. If you are struggling with some things and have prayed relentlessly, know that there is hope and He always has our best interests in mind.
In times where you are too weak to stand, just kneel. In times where you don’t have anywhere else to turn, look up. In times where things don’t turn out the way you expect them too, understand that there is a higher power and a greater plan for your life. Be reminded that the greatest things can happen at the most unexpected times. It is amazing what a few seconds can do in self reflection. Sometimes we just need to be still to see Him work and understand what He is telling us to do. It is not always about what we want, but the purposeful plans He has for our lives. With that, I am thankful for a significant memory that just should have been a blunder. My oh my, how this put things into perspective.