Pastor's Corner: Refocusing the image
Remember the 35mm cameras of decades ago? Or perhaps you remember 110 cameras? Or Hawkeye Browning cameras? Photography has changed so much. Kodak probably went bankrupt because they didn't transition into the digital camera business fast enough and were playing catch up to the other camera companies.
It used to be that you had film in your camera and it stayed there until you finished the roll. Pictures were costly so you savored them and took them sparingly (except for those shutterbugs who went crazy with photos). But now you can take thousands of pictures at no cost with a digital camera. You can view them on any computer or smart phone. But one challenging part of taking the picture is making sure things are in focus. Blurry pictures do little to stir the heart, or resurrect old memories. But crystal clear photos can bring you to tears or laughter quickly.
As you live life, day in and day out, it's very easy for your image of God to become blurry. Hardships, pain, suffering, tragedies, worries and frustrations often put up a haze in your lens so that when you do think of the ancient of days, you aren't too impressed or interested. In fact you might even shy away in fear or hurt rather than draw close. I would challenge you to refocus your image of God by thanking him for what he has done good in your life and around you.
Praise Yahweh! I will give thanks to Yahweh with my entire heart, in the company of the upright. Great are the works of Yahweh. All those who delight in them study them. His works are full of splendor and majesty, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; Yahweh is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people, and commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! To reverently respect the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. All those who practice it will understand well. His praise endures forever! (Psalm 111)
His works are good. He has done much good in your life. He blesses whether you follow him or not. He pours out grace, mercy and love on you in the hopes it will draw you closer. Take some time right now to thank him for his good gifts and see if that helps clear up your view of him. To see him clearly will give your heart joy, forgiveness, and peace!