Seizing the Moment
If you have not already noticed, an image of downtown Chicago appears on the "location" tab of this website. There is a little story behind that picture. I am fond of it because I took it myself and it was one of those unanticipated occasions to take a really nice picture. Usually I see something and by the time I am finished fiddling with my camera or I-phone, the window of opportunity has passed, like many of my failed attempts at stealing a picture of my kids or getting my cat to pose. But this time I was successful and was able to seize the moment.
It is only a camera phone image. It was taken about an hour after I felt my high rise building sway. An earthquake had hit the east coast in Virginia several hundred miles away. That afternoon I happened to look out over the river and I saw the beautiful rainbow emerge over the city. It was there long enough to get my camera phone.
What About Those Shaking Hills?
What a strange series of events! And isn’t that just like life? Rainbows remind me of God’s promises, like after the flood in the Bible. And as such to me seems interesting that a beautiful rainbow appeared on a day when several hundred miles away the earth had been shaking.
Sacred Scripture Speaks of "shaken hills".
“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (NAB, Isaiah 54:8-10).
God's Promises are True
What a beautiful promise from God and what a great source of Hope.
I know that there are lots of people right now who are struggling with some very serious issues. In fact difficulties and crises never come at a good time. But no time is ever a good time. We are too busy trying to live life to have to stop to deal with a problem. I know that there are those dealing with cancer, broken relationships, unemployment, addiction, financial hardship and many other things. But in spite that the “hills be shaken”, God’s promises hold true.
I know that no matter what we might be facing, there is a Light that shines in the darkness. Even now as we are in Fall and soon we approach the dead of Winter, the new life is just around the corner if we can just hold out til Spring. That is like Hope.
When I see this special image, it makes me say, “God bless my city. God bless the people within it.” There is hope for all of us. For some reason, in my heart — I know that God’s promises are true.