Written by on June 20, 2012


Jennifer Jansen, a fictional young detective who solves mysteries, captures scenes with her photographic memory. That gift earned her the nickname “Camera,” or “Cam” for short.  She solves cases about gold coins, diamonds, television dogs, monkeys, and chocolate fudge as she retrieves images stored in her mind, just in time to catch bad guys.


When Cam wants to remember a scene, she snaps a picture with her mental camera and says, “Click!”  Later, she closes her eyes and recalls every detail. Like Cam, our minds go, “click” and experiences are imprinted. We get to imprint on either the positive or the negative.

A few years ago, I took the kids to Oaks Park, an amusement park in Portland. Mid-afternoon, Ben was stung by a bee, which had flown up the back of his shirt. Just as I tugged on the shirt to remove it, the bee stung him on the back. Ben was fine, but I was shaken up.

You know, happy memories that day – amusement rides, and sweets, and music were superseded by the bee sting.  I’m sure there were smiles and laughter as we shared the day together. But I wish I’d said, “Click” as we rode the train beside the Willamette River.

Close your eyes. What is a happy childhood memory? Where is Jesus in the memory?
What is a difficult childhood memory?  Where is Jesus in the memory?
What scene from today does God want you to imprint on and say, “Click”?

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  1. Lynn   On   June 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thanks, Lynn, for this post. What a great way to inspect our memory banks as we look through the photographs of past events. Light should make the darkness flee but we sometimes tend to allow the darkness to overshadow the moments of light. Pain has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? Only He can absorb our pains and sorrows so that we can recognize the other aspects of our experiences. We can then hone in closer to see what else is in the picture.

    • Lynn Hare   On   June 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Lynn, yes, it’s amazing to me how He’s absorbs our pain, so we can see the God moments with clarity. I have many such God memories, “clicks” stored up in my head & heart.

  2. jane West   On   June 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I have a lot of good “click” childhood memories. Thanks, Lynn for reminding me that God was in all of them.

    • Lynn Hare   On   June 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Great! Grateful that you see Him in those memories. I do in mine, too. Frequently send my mother detailed memories of stories from my childhood.

  3. Susan Ward   On   June 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    When I’m in challenging/difficult moments, and the love of God and Jesus seem distant, I “click” the image of Christ dying on the cross for my sins and then I receive that forgiveness and then His love comes more clearly through.

    • Lynn Hare   On   June 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      I need to “click” on the redemptive picture of Jesus on the cross more like that! The ultimate pivotal point in time. And, yes, like you said, to imprint on His forgiveness.

  4. Maryann Recchiuti   On   June 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Lynn, you don’t know how often I think how your photographic memory plays into your life memories.

    I love you,

    • Lynn Hare   On   June 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Mom, as I send you detailed accounts of childhood memories, it’s easy to “click” when they were so rich and fun. I love you! Lynn

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