I rolled in the door at 9:30 at night, getting home from a church council meeting, exhausted from a long day. As I entered the house, I saw the door open to my ten-year old son’s room and his light was still on. I got excited to go say goodnight to him, because I hadn’t spent much time with him lately, and wanted to be able to spend at least a couple minutes with him. But, when I walked into his room, I got so much more than I could have ever hoped for.
He was sound asleep, laying on his side facing me, but sitting next to him on his nightstand was my Bible and his glasses were resting on top of it. From the angle I was standing at, I got a perfect picture of his face, the nightstand, the Bible and his glasses. It was so clear that he’d been reading my Bible before bedtime, had grown tired from reading and gently fallen asleep with God’s Word in his heart and mind. The moment was one of the most powerful visuals I have ever seen and I made sure to take a mental snapshot, it’s something I want to remember forever.
It was one of those rare instances where you know to take that mental picture; you make sure that it burns in your brain. But how many times have we said to ourselves: “I’ll remember this”. If I could, I don’t think I would want to know all the memories I swore I’d remember that I’ve actually forgotten. That’s why as intrusive as our phones are in our lives, they can also be a blessing. Unfortunately in this case, it didn’t even dawn on me to take an actual picture. I need to start conditioning myself to take pictures, because then we always have those precious images preserved for the rest of time. As for the mental snapshot I took last night, I knew it was a special image, and I told myself to hold that picture forever…but then again, how many times have I said that before.