In our photo-saturated day, taking pictures can get a bad rap. “Be present,” they urge. “Put down your camera and enjoy this moment.” And there are times to leave the camera behind. Times to rest and just soak and to see. But I have learned that for me, snapping pictures helps me see. Helps me notice. Like a glory-hunter, seeking the beauty in the dreary and ordinary. Going out with my camera, with expectation to find gifts. I learned this some time ago from Ann Voskamp, how she numbered gifts with her camera, framing the moments. Every frame captures a moment, a mili-second of time never to be repeated. The way after breakfast, they clamber up onto the couch to read books. On tiptoes at the window to see the garbage truck on Thursday mornings. The simple beauty of flour, butter, water, and yeast bubbling in a bowl. The way they run to help whenever they see me drag the stool into the kitchen. That little gap between his front teeth. The girl on her trike, far too small for her now, but still her favorite. The way she turns to see if I am watching. Always looking to see if I see her. I do, baby girl, I see you. The scraggly wild berries and flowers growing alongside the riverbank. Ordinary, common. Beautiful. Hot steaming loaves pulled from the oven, and the way that nothing smells as good as fresh bread at home after wind whipped cheeks and frozen fingers.
Rhythms. Rhythms of these days. Simple. Small. Barely noticeable. Easily forgotten. I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to forget. I want to give thanks, capture the moments, hands full of memories and moments to hold out to Him and praise Him for. I love this season, I love these rhythms, Lord. Costly. Often painful. Sometimes downright boring. But precious. Worthy. Heavy with the weight of glory.
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