While looking into my family tree photos the other day, I came across a picture of two boys posing for a photo dated 1886! They sat on a stool just looking at the camera with straight faces. They couldn’t have been more than 12 years old with their whole lives ahead of them. Moving ahead 50 years, I saw pictures of these boys all grown up, married, and with their families. The images had changed quite a bit, but in essence these boys were the same as they were in their childhood. The same personality, the same heart pumping the same blood through their veins, the same spirit that I am convinced that only mothers can sense, and the same creation made in God’s own image. God takes pictures of us on a daily basis. As He opens the photo album of our lives, what will He see?
As we sit before God’s camera today with our neatly combed hair and smiling faces, remember there is a story behind each face. For both students and adults alike, we all have a tale to tell. For some of us there is a story of happiness. Things are going well and everything is falling into place right now. Praise the Lord! Let us always remember to praise and thank the Lord for the good times! Besides, after the flash of the camera we can be assured that we all look like God’s creation anyway. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Do you mean my image is similar to God’s? (No further comment on my image!) Then there are those from behind the picture that tell a story of sadness. That smiling face is only a cover for what is really inside. That someone may need a word of encouragement, a listening ear, or just someone to be there. Mother Teresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” The writer of Hebrews said this in chapter 3:13, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Let us all be tuned in today to the life behind the photo! May God’s snapshot of you turn out well.