I’ve spent today looking through envelopes and envelopes of pictures. Back in March when we were visiting Cami’s great-grandparents, I noticed two personalized engraved photo albums on the shelf at their house, one album each for their oldest great-grandchildren: Cami (first great-granddaughter) and her cousin (first great-grandson), who were born three months apart. The keepsake albums were empty, so I brought them home with me to fill them with pictures.
I noticed two things when looking through my envelopes of pictures:
1. Cami screamed a lot.
(I used to take her picture when she was pitching an I’m-not-getting-my-way fit. She’d pull herself together right quick, and it redirected her attention away from whatever it was she was having a fit about. Maybe that’s why there are many pictures of Cami screaming.)
2. Cami laughed a lot. So did I.
Seriously, when I think back to the times documented in those pictures, I remember how much this child made me giggle. Yes, I remember the times when I called Michael at work and said, “Come home now. I am losing my mind.” But I remember in more vivid detail the days when we sat on the carpet and played, when we walked all over our neighborhood seeing what we could see, when Cami would discover something new that I’d never noticed before and we celebrated together. When I show Cami pictures of her younger years, there are many more hilarity-filled moments to recount than angst-filled ones. What a wonderful gift.
If you are currently in the midst of angst-filled moments, please know: they won’t all be that way. Jesus walks with you in every moment, and He has plans to prosper you—and your loved ones—and not to harm you. His plans are for your future and a hope. He promised (Jeremiah 29:11), so you can count on it.
Even if right now, your days are one hard thing after another, take a deep breath and lean into His care. Ask Him to give you some giggles in the midst of the angst. And when He does, take a picture. Make a note of those Jesus-filled moments so that one day, years from now, you’ll have a record of His glory in the midst of the chaos.
Counting on His new mercies every day,