Dark Shadows vs. Blinded By The Light

First take - Dark Shadows
Take 2 - Blinded By The Light

At Yankee Stadium last week, my hubby wanted a photo to share on facebook. I offered to take it, but he wanted me in it. That was the last thing I wanted as I sat in the drizzle, sensing my hair frizzle.Grumbling, I  asked a man seated nearby to take our picture. With some consternation of his own, he snapped the photo on the left.

As the shutter snapped, another man rushed over, practically leaping over fans seated in the row. "Wait! Let ME take your picture!!"

He grabbed my iPhone and showed us the picture just taken. "Will anyone know where you are?" he asked.

"Ummm, it does show the blue YANKEE STADIUM letters. There on the left."

"Oh...... Humph....Well, that's not what I was talking about. Go back there and let me take your picture. I'm a professional photographer."

Really? Is that what I need? A professional photographer for a facebook photo? A photo I am only begrudingly agreeing to?

Not to be rude, we returned to our spots in front of the railing, forced a smile, and snap!

Mr. Photographer handed me back my phone and strode away up the stairs, never to be seen again.

One look at the picture he took told us he indeed was a pro. Not only did he get the Yankee emblem behind home plate (his intention), he also captured us swathed in light. And what a difference that made.

Tony and I stood in the same place for both pictures. The difference was the direction we were looking.

Same truth applies to life.

No matter our situation (where we are), we choose what direction to focus on. We can lurk in the shadows of self-pity, complaints, judgmental attitudes, discouragement, need I go on? Or we can face the Light. Seek Him in His Word, in the fellowship of believers, in praise and worship, in serving Him. The choice is ours.

What will you choose today? 

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Eph. 5:8

For times when it seems that there is no light to be found, read "When The Son Don't Shine." 


Penny said...

Great analogy, Susan! I love the photo (on the right).

Donna said...

Love it. I think Steve and I were at Citifield the same night. (Tuesday?) But we didn't have a photo shoot. ;-) Love the message, Susan.

Maria said...

great story and great professional picture.What a difference in pictures.
Your face and hair look fantastic!

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Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Thanks ladies!
It was a fun night, and I got a LOT of positive feedback about that picture. ;D


quietspirit said...

Thank you for your interesting interesting thought. We do choose the direction we look toward as we wait for an outcome.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

Your picture created a lot of nostalgia. It's been years since I sat in Yankee Stadium.

Thank you for an uplifting message. A dear friend always said, "Look at this from God's point of view."

Susan :)

Our Stories God's Glory said...

Well, you caught me. Right now I'm dwelling in self pity, sadness, the doldrums...but you know, I'm heading to the word. Because I know even with this little ash heap I'm in today, God can make beauty. Great post. Thanks!

Barbara said...

And let me tell you how marvelous you look dahling! You look great in both pics! You look like a teenager and who’s that old guy you’re with??? Haha just kidding Tony! Love ya, Barb

Debbie Petras said...

What a difference! The pro knew what he was doing for sure. And yet your analogy was so perfect. May we walk in the light as He is in the light.

So glad to 'meet you'. I came over from Laced with Grace. I write a monthly post there too. And I grew up in New York, on Long Island.

Blessings and love,