Several years ago, while on vacation, Noah photographed a beautiful sunset on the island of St. Kitts. I loved it – the fading sun creating brilliant colors as it set on a mostly deserted beach.
I framed it in my usual basic black frame and hung it in a room, already decorated with other “beachy” décor. I looked forward to gazing upon the picture and remembering the wonderful time on St. Kitts. However, my plan for gazing on the picture did not have that effect. It just didn’t look right. The beautiful colors of the sunset did not pop as I expected. Why? Maybe it needed reframing?
Back to the store – let’s try another frame. This time I purchased a white frame. Would that make the difference? YES!
Reframing brought out new colors. Reframing pointed out the house down the beach with a few lights shining in the windows. Reframing made the clouds in the sky looked almost 3 dimensional. Reframing pointed out the ship far in the distance. Reframing showed the reflection of the sun on the sand. Reframing brought new possibilities to light. Reframing created a new picture.
I’ve been pondering this topic of reframing. I scribbled some thoughts on a sticky note and stuck it on my desk several weeks ago. Until today, I have stared at those notes as I worked.
No, my notes have not been about reframing more pictures in my house. This reframing is the kind that we do in the circumstances of life. How can we take a situation and gain a new perspective on it? Reframe it. Step back. Change the view. Put it in a new light. Clarify what is true in the situation and what is assumed. Look for the redemptive moments. Is God’s redeeming love and amazing grace still true? Always.
Reframing is something I need to do on a regular basis. People do bring us joy but people also disappoint us. Life happens and sometimes we have absolutely no control over the circumstances. The only control we do have is our response to the circumstance.
The prophet, Habakkuk, stated it this way:
“Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines;
Though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock is cut off from the folks and there is no herd in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.”
Though . . . yet.
THOUGH people disappoint, YET I will praise You, Lord.
THOUGH the media speaks of violence and injustice, YET I will hope in You, Lord.
THOUGH the bank account is low, YET I will trust in You, Lord.
Fill in the blank with the circumstance:
Though ___________________________, YET I will exult in the God of my salvation.
THIS is reframing, my friends!
Scripture noted is Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NRSV)
Picture taken by Noah Archer, September 2015 on the island of St. Kitts.
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