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Topic: RESOLUTION (01/07/16)
- TITLE: Bring On the Pixels
By Beckie Evans
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We had visitors from across the country attending and after the service we planned to have a big lunch back at our house – my family had great expectations.
To prepare for the day, I recently bought a Canon 5DS Full-Frame DSLR camera. I felt I had exhausted what my iPhone could do in the picture-taking department and I had read several reviews extolling the camera’s super high-resolution capabilities. I had been learning about pixels. The more pixels a camera produces, the greater the resolution. The greater the resolution: the clearer the image. Bring on the pixels—bring on great resolution!
Okay really I needed something to keep me distracted for that service.
I needed something to keep me emotionally occupied. The church where my daughter was being baptized was the same one that I’d worked at for the last eight years. Ten months prior to her baptism, the church went through a large restructuring and my position as Women’s and Children’s Pastor had been eliminated. I was heartbroken and had not been back to the church for a service since.
June 14 was my first time.
It was also the first time our family dynamic was publicly showing off its new look. My four kids were with me, and I was also joined by my new husband, and my former husband. My former husband had come out of the closet five years previous to this (that is another story on it’s own!) and although I had experienced much healing, had moved on and remarried, I had not sat in between the two husbands in a church service before. Add to that, my mother was in attendance--that generally raises my panic level. She had not seen my former husband since he left me. I didn’t know how it would go.
Hence why I needed the distraction.
When it was time for my beautiful daughter to get up and give her testimony she was her lovely, poised self. I set my camera down long enough to listen to her words. A big part of her story was her spiritual walk during the divorce of her Dad and me. She talked about how sad she initially was: her family was now so different. And then she said words I will never forget. They were words that changed my life.
They were words that gave me life.
She said, “Just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean it can’t be good.”
I need to say those words again, that’s how fabulous they are: “Just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean it can’t be good.”
She was referring to her outlook on: life, her family, God’s healing in all our lives, and our new reality.
I felt it touch the deepest part of me.
Just because I didn’t work at the church anymore, I could still have good, healthy relationships with the people there.
Just because my mom was visiting, I could still relax and be myself.
Just because my family doesn’t look like your typical Christian cookie-cutter family, we are still called, anointed and redeemed.
I only took a few more pictures that day. The resolution my camera had was dwarfed by the resolution of my heart. I saw new things about my life, my family, and my relationship with the Lord and others.
Things were very, very clear.
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