There are three things that are too amazing for me…
The way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden.
Proverbs 30:18-19 (niv)
“…in 1936 and 1937, during the years of the great duststorms, I had caught on film a percentage of the images I would later use in my novel, Centennial.” James Michener photographed dry lands that broke men’s hearts, little towns not yet dead, but dying, the roll of the prairie, the look of an old house. “It was the persistence of these images that kept the ideas vital,” Michener said.
Imagine Michener’s delight when in the late 1960’s he dug around through his treasures and found the old Kodachrome slides and they were in remarkably good condition.
There are many things we cannot understand. Proverbs said the way of the eagle, a ship or a maiden—but oh so much more. Who can understand how the forty year old photographs remained vibrant. The slides were good, but also the memories in Michener’s mind of those days gone by.
Who can understand our memories—the day we saw our first eagle or fell in love, priceless moments. But what about the tragic times, those painful traumatic events? Sometimes in reliving the journey like Michener did, we help someone else see life differently.
Prayer: We praise you for what every day brings because we know each new day is a gift from you. Amen
Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
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