I believe we, you and I, see more than we realize. We see insights into pure truth. We see unimaginable beauty. We see possibilities where others see anything but. There is a catch. We may not know what we are seeing when we see it. For many reasons, our line of sight in the moment is greater than we realize.
I reflected on the photograph shared by a friend this morning. It took me back to an earlier experience we shared. Individually, we have travelled much since then. I am reluctant to suggest that the insights of years past are more meaningful because I know they are not. The reflection triggered my awareness that there is always something I can learn, insights I can receive, or affirmations waiting for me in the moment I am in. I may not be able to see them, but they are there. I may not understand what is going on, yet it is real. My lines of sight may not even be useful to me now, but they are assets I can carry with me.
I suspect when we look back we will realize that God has been present in our lives on more occasions than we knew at the time. I know there are events, tragedies, celebrations, and the mundane that are far more useful to me now than they were when they occurred.
As I reflect on the mountains, colors, and shadows in my memory, I realize that each moment is a gift. Whatever it is presently will be diminished or even lost if I choose to forget. It is easier to see it in others, although I am sure it is a reflection of my life as well. David noted a moment when it all became clear; “Live, God! Blessings from my Rock, my free and freeing God, towering!” (Psalm 18.46) As I note the times of depression, anger, and pain in David’s life that came before the moment of clarity, I realize I have my memory bag is full of gems God can use.