Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Robert Howson
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Same lake, same autumn day, same camera; so what made the difference? The answer lies in the processing. Now that we are in the digital age those long hours spent in the chemical darkroom have been replaced by a more convenient session at the computer. But the result is still the same. The photographer has the option of determining the final outcome of the picture.

And our life picture is not really that different. We all experience both the highs and lows living has to offer, yet the way we process those encounters makes all the difference in the world. We remember Paul’s response to being shackled while in prison; he sang and gave praises to God. I’m glad this story is included, otherwise I might be tempted to question the validity of his statement in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 where he tells us: “Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.” (CEV) It’s much easier to envision ourselves putting this into practice when you see the writer actually doing it himself.

But I confess, I still have a ways to go in my spiritual development to accomplish that one. Certainly it’s easier to thank Him when everything is going the way you think it should, but even then, how often I have taken those blessings for granted. Isn’t it nice we have a day set aside to remind us how blessed we are. I’m still working on the “all things” found in Paul’s letter, but thankful He’s graciously given me the time to grow.