“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12 KJV
I have never really appreciated the timestamp on a photo…until recently. You know to what I am referring…the yellow line interrupting the photo either on the side, or even in the middle of the bottom of a photo which shows the date the photo was taken. In times gone by, you would take your roll of film to your local drugstore or department store and have your photos developed on glossy or matte paper and this stamp would be on the back of the photo. That was a great tool; this one on the front of digital photos was not valued by me, until recently when a photo popped up in my social media memories.
I realize I am not alone in remarking on the treasures on the memories that come across our social media feeds in the form of dated photos. You know the ones of which I am referring. These photos remind us of special events on the same date years ago. One such memory popped up on my feed recently from 12 years ago on that same date. I looked at the photo and thought, “That was a fast 12 years!” Then, all of the life events that had occurred during that same period of time, came flooding into my mind. So much life has been lived during that time-period. As I looked at the date, stamped on the photo, I realized that it would be just over a year from that date that my daddy would leave this earthly world for his eternity. It dawned on me that during that time span from them until now, I would celebrate two of my sons graduating and moving on to their life paths; I would have daughters in law; I would be blessed by two grandsons; we would serve two additional church families, and my last born would move through his childhood, adolescence, and teen years. SO much life since that timestamp.
In 2004, Chris Rice had a song, “Life Means So Much”. The chorus of this song says, “Teach us to count the days. Teach us to make the days count.” Psalm 90:12 is a great reminder of how we should view each day. How many times have you said, “If only I had…” or “I wish I had...” Perhaps, “If I could do it over again I would…” If we were to realize that every day in which we breathe, interact with others, and experience life is indeed marked with a timestamp. We can relive these moments through pictures and other avenues by which we can remember, however, we cannot recreate these times again. We have but one moment in which we can control the memory; it is the present.
I love seeing these timestamps now. Not only are they precious reminders of a specific, special moment in time, it is a reminder of what other events have happened since that particular memory. May we not take for granted any moments were are given. Make today count; you never know if it will show up in your social media feed again.
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