THE OTHER PICTURE WITHIN THE PICTURE

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It had been a while since we’d seen the video my wife made for the older girls’ high school graduation parties. She took pictures from the girl’s first day on earth through that point in their lives and set it to music, you know, the heart strings pulling kind. We watched on my wife’s laptop sitting side by side… it was wonderful.

As I watched the images on the screen I could see the picture within the picture… in fact I saw several pictures within the picture. If every picture tells a story, maybe a video could tell the story of a life…  In the pictures I watched within the reflection of the computer screen of  the faces, my wife’s, and our daughters standing behind us, told of different stories, different lives, a different perspective.

As I sat reminiscing the lives of our daughters, I was torn in emotion – bittersweet you might say. It was then that I caught the image of my wife’s face in the reflection of the darker parts of the computer screen, like looking into a mirror of poor quality, but you can still make out the images. I could read the  emotions in her eyes and on her face. You have to know someone pretty well to be able to read simultaneous emotions expressed there.

My wife was proud, rightfully so, but there was more, much more. While there was joy pouring from her eyes and face, there was also a type of sorrow. That sort of intense sorrow could only be offset with an equal amount of joy.

Through the busy and difficult school age of children, it seems like they’ll be young forever… The harsh reality of time in this physical life pulls us into the moments of life… making us believe too much in the moment before sling shooting us into our future, usually long before we’re emotionally ready.

It is a harsh slap of reality across our souls… Time really does go by faster than we ever could have imagined despite all the warnings of those who went before us. I also saw the reflection of the girls. I know that look, that’s the look of excitement, the longing to live their lives, the misunderstanding that comes with youth.

Wisdom is headed toward them like a freight train, but they know the truth of God’s love and mercy. They will stand and take life in stride, they will succeed as measured in God’s economy. One day, Lord willing, they too will see the reflection in their spouses and children’s’ eyes in reminiscing a life gone by… too fast.

They will learn the two opposite emotions of joy and sorrow that will bring them back to the center of life and the understanding of God’s wisdom.

And they’ll fight back  their tears…

But probably won’t fool anyone…

Just like we didn’t…

 

They’ll cherish the gifts from God…

Just like we do…