I suppose that in this age of digital photography that the old Polaroid cameras are truly a thing of the past. I must say, I have not seen a person snap a photo with one in quite some time and there is an entire generation that probably has no idea what these cameras are or do.
So, back in the day, one could snap a photo, pull out a small piece of film, the size of a snapshot, and then wave the piece of film in the air. Very slowly a picture would begin to emerge. Slowly at first, and a bit fuzzy, soon one could see the image on the film begin to resemble the likeness photographed. The early cameras took up to three minutes for the image to appear, later models advertised this could be done in a minute or less. For its time this was truly remarkable.
I think our lives can be somewhat like these Polaroid images. We offer up our prayers to God, we do our affirmations for the good we wish to experience, we even turn to God in meditative silence for direction. And then we stop, look around and wonder why we don’t see the answers we have been seeking. Often times after lifting up a prayer and feeling really great about things we immediately nullify that prayer with thoughts of, “well, I hope THAT worked.”
We are told that we are to “wait upon the Lord,” but often we are not sure what all of that really means. To me, waiting upon the Lord is to know that God’s answers most often come like those old Polaroid images. Slowly at first, and then gradually becoming more and more clear.
We waited for those snapshot images with patience (most of the time) knowing that it was in the process of becoming, even though we at that present moment could not see the finished product. As we pray, we must also know that on the unseen side of life God is working to answer our prayers and reveal more of God’s wonderful presence. Things are moving, happening and developing. The image we see from God is always far more magnificent than we could have ever imagined.
It is becoming, wait for it. It is always worth it.
“See, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21: 5)
Affirmation: “The answers I seek show up in wondrous ways. Thank you God for your abundant blessings, even though right now I may not see them.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.