Hello my beautiful readers! So much has happened since my last blog post: Christmas, the new year, and I am now twenty years old, which means that if I live to one hundred, I’m a fifth dead! Weirdly enough, I actually feel older, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that I can’t slow down time as much as I want to.
Time has always been my enemy. When I was a young human, I distinctly remember panicking because time was moving too quickly. I would wake up in the middle of the night, sobbing until my parents rushed into to my room. “Kirsty, what’s wrong?” they’d ask me. I’d sniffle and rub my eyes exclaiming, “I’m a day older!” Even now, I’m terrified of the future and of constantly growing older. But recently, social media has become a way for me to distract myself from worrying about the future. Allow moi to explain.
Living in this social media crazed world, we've learned to capture every moment so we can have them forever, and when we’re not trying to freeze time, we’re looking at everyone else’s moments on social media and failing to experience moments that God has given us, forgetting to be present. We've learned to experience life through the screen on our cell phones, just so we’ll have that picture to post on social media, or so we’ll have that photo to look back on in the future. Just the other day, I woke up to a blanket of snow covering the town. My mom and I carpooled to work, driving through the snowy neighborhood when three deer jumped out of the forest and crossed the road in front of us. On instinct, I retrieved my phone and snapped pictures of the precious, peaceful moment. Before I knew it, the deer were gone. I failed to enjoy the moment as it happened, and now I can’t get it back.
Instead of realizing the beauty God is placing in our lives, we’re taking it for ourselves to build our own image on social media. Now don’t get me wrong, cameras are a wonderfully marvelous invention and we are blessed to have this technology at our fingertips. However, everything in moderation, as my dad says. It’s okay to capture moments, but I’m slowly realizing how important it is to fully take part in and enjoy moments as they happen, without worrying about getting the perfect picture to post on Instagram. Because when we’re looking at the world through our iPhones, it’s hard to see God in anything, let alone notice the random moments of beauty He is placing in our lives.
The days leading up to Advent, I decided to write down the top 5 beautiful moments I noticed every day. The goal was to realize how present Our Creator is in our lives, and how He intentionally places random beautiful moments in our lives just because He loves us that much. I wrote down insightful conversations I had with friends and family, random acts of kindness that I witnessed while walking around campus, and quiet moments in nature. When I started this exercise, the reflections were memories that I had skipped over when they were happening, but as the weeks continued, I began appreciating these moments before they were over. God gave me the grace to see His beauty as it was happening before my eyes. For the first time, I wasn’t worried about snapping a photo for my future self. I was in the present, appreciating what God had given me.
God even says in Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” He knows that we have a tendency to worry about the future, but He beacons us to give our fears to Him, to enjoy the moment He’s giving us, and to bask in the beauty that He is placing in our lives. Let’s start off this new year fully appreciating the beauty God is placing in our everyday lives, learning to be present in every moment and experiencing those magical moments to their fullest potential.
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