I recently created this image of a file that appears to be glowing from the inside. Let me take you behind the scene for a moment at the Dave Claassen Industrial Light and Magic Company. The folder was stuck on the end of a broomstick that was placed across two small tables. A nightlight was inside the file with the cord going out the back, along the broom handle and into an outlet. I darkened the room with the “filed” night light being the only light. The lens of my camera was left open for sixteen seconds to get the effect you see, that is, after many, many tries. It’s now another of some 400 images I have for download on iStockphoto.
What I tried to communicate in the image is inspiration, great ideas, brilliant concepts that have been filed away. Why am I using it for today’s thought?
Well, we all have all kinds of memories, experiences, feelings, and thoughts filed away. Some of the stuff filed away is good stuff and some is bad stuff.
What I’ve noticed is that two people can have had essentially the same elements in their past and yet one person seems to be living life well and the other living life poorly. It could be good things or bad things that seem to predominate in the past. Some folks seem to have trouble building a good life in spite of the fact they’ve had it pretty good in life. Others who have had a rough way to go are able to make the most of it.
Those of us who have made a relationship with the Lord our top priority can have a confidence in God. Because of our closeness to Him, whatever life hands us we can know that God has His plan and purpose for it all and it is intended by Him to turn out ultimately for good. A great patriarch in the Old Testament, Joseph, was treated badly by his brothers when young, which resulted in his being sold into slavery in Egypt. As it turned out, years later his brothers and their families had to come to Egypt to escape a famine in their own land. By this time Joseph had moved from slave to second in command in all of Egypt, and in a position to help his family. Joseph told his brothers when they discovered who they were dealing with, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
What’s in our file of the past? Probably both good and bad, maybe more of one than the other; whatever. We can see that file as a dark file leading toward defeat or a glowing file of possibilities. We can see events in the past as either hindering or helping us. We can see ourselves as victims of the past or victors over the past.
If we picture God having a file on us we can be assured His intention is that it be a file glowing with His glorious working. Whatever happened in our past, distant or near, “God intended it for good.”