I grew up with the Jetsons. I mean the cartoon family, their boy Elroy, Astro the dog, and “Jane, stop this crazy thing”, etc. One of the staples of that futuristic show was the TV/phone where you could see the person you were speaking with.
So here I find myself still alive and well, video chatting with my daughter half a continent away. It’s amazing, regardless of the pixelatingly bad reception they get in L.A. However, one day I set up to “call” and noticed my image was upside down. This is unfortunate, as I would really like for my one-year-old granddaughter to recognize me right-side-up when she sees me again.
I tried everything I knew how, and just about everything I didn’t know how and went online to learn. I even resorted to turning the laptop upside down, but that proved less than efficient, since it positions the camera in the wrong place.
Hurray for Geek Squad!! They had to take complete wireless control of my computer, which meant I could see the cursor moving around on its own and windows popping up and closing. This solution is definitely NOT for someone with trust issues.
After about two and a half hours, my image flipped! Yea! Maybe now my granddaughter won’t think I’m a circus performer hanging from a trapeze when I talk to her (which, come to think of it, could get me some good credit with my granddaughter, I suppose.)
I kind of got to thinking about it, and hey! Whaddya know!
- The image of God in each of us is upside down, out of focus, and actually perverted. It wasn’t the original design or intention, but it happened nonetheless.
- When others see this image, it gets confusing, and causes distress. This is not what it’s supposed to be. Anger, mistrust, dishonesty, bitterness, hurt, disillusionment.
- We can try everything, but it won’t work. Self-help books, life coaches, (essential oils….). Not that any of these things can’t be of use, but of themselves they cannot fix the image of the unseen God that is meant to be within us on the hard-drive.
- We must surrender to God total control of every corner, every shadow, past/present/future. And it does take time (assuredly more than two and a half hours.) This is a trust and patience issue. And really only One has enough patience and is worthy of this much trust for the readjustment process.
King David got this right when he wrote:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”
I want my precious granddaughter to grow up knowing what I look like, gray hair and all. But more importantly, I want her to see the clear image of Jesus in me.
And no pixels.