What Do You See from Perfectly Still?
Maybe my blurry photographs don’t mean I’m moving too fast; maybe they mean I’m being still long enough to capture the movement in the moment.
That was the intro I typed into Facebook yesterday to invite people to look at a link I shared from a Christian photography site called Sight Psalms. Here is the link.
They post photos daily, each with a brief caption on a particular theme. Their themes are scheduled and the rules for entering a post are specific and detailed. I know because I’ve looked behind the scenes at submitting a photo and text prompt. But I am no photographer. Or I am every photographer – because we, all with camera-ready cell phones in hand, are all armed as photographers.
So when I saw this “blurry” photo, it caught my attention. I have tons of those photos. Just took one this morning – of my sleeping dog. Yes, I cannot even hold the camera steady to take a still shot. I’m trying. But I don’t seem to have the knack of holding perfectly still when I click.
But it got me thinking about perfect stillness. At our house – scientists (or nerds) that we are – my daughter would say, “Well, we are always moving.” As in, the planet is rotating and we are on the planet, so everything is moving at the same speed which makes us unaware we are moving.
But, what if we were really could become perfectly still? So still we were aware of the earth’s rotation? What we did see would be a blur. Quick, someone good at math and physics, please calculate exactly how fast things are moving past our eyes…I am satisfied to consider that
“If I were perfectly still, everything else would be moving.”
If I were perfectly stilled in God, would the world just look like a blur? Hmm. And I thought it was just my aging eyesight. If I were perfectly still in God, the world would be revolving…around me. Wow. There’s an image. At the center of all movement is the point of perfect stillness. Perfect balance. Perfect perspective. All the earth’s forces would be nullified.
Gonna have to sit with that one for a while.