I recently found myself searching through files of digital photos. They summarized the history, known and before today unknown to me, of one individual. It was an extraordinarily powerful experience. I was looking through the different eyes than when the pictures were taken. Older, filled with more information, and reflective, the pictures took on new meanings, insights, and revelations. I do not think the photographer involved intended to reveal as much as they did and do. I doubt the photographer and the individuals captured understood the power of their witness. Even the story line was partially hidden at the time.
The great news is that the story I saw continues! It is presently filled with unlimited hope and opportunities. It has no boundaries or limits. Everything is possible and the primary character in the story understands this fact. It puts the pain in context. It brings the uncertainty into a new light.
I am someone that had a shaved head only twenty-four days ago; I can see how much life changes in a short space of time. I had a tumour and now I do not, thanks to a community that changed everything. I was struggling to understand what the future would bring. I now understand that there is hope in every moment we have. I had no hair. My hair may not be long, but there is something there.
Far too often, it seems like there are very few individuals that see the same God I do. Today I discovered the witness of two that reflects my God! It is wonderful. It reminds me how “we're not alone in this. Our witness that he [God] is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets.” (Acts 10.43) There are more believers than one might realize. You can see them working with God in our history. You can see the impact of their work in the present. On reflection, you can see it in your life and mine. It is a powerful story that can grow with our participation.