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You know, happy memories that day – amusement rides, and sweets, and music were superseded by the bee sting.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”?