When I first came across this picture, I thought how priceless, profound and telling it was in characterizing a society with its face in a screen. Rather than experiencing a moment in all its essence, we merely view it through a 4.7 inch screen.
I can remember years ago, when I had the opportunity to watch a live night-time launch of a space shuttle. The anticipation was palpable as I prepared to capture it – video camera in hand.
Then came the launch.
As I viewed it through the lens of that camera, trying to follow the flight path of the shuttle following its launch, I became increasingly frustrated at not being able to focus on it, and then…
the moment was gone.
What did I actually see through that camera lens?
A bright flash of light then nothing.
While in the process of writing this post, the account of two sisters, Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42 came to mind.
Martha had opened her home to Jesus. While Martha was scurrying around making all the meal preparations and other busy-work, Mary sat listening to what Jesus had to say. Martha distracted from the conversation became frustrated and asked Jesus if he even cared that Mary had left all the work for her to do.
I’m going to take the liberty here of paraphrasing what Jesus told her in response:
“Chill Martha! Mary chose to be in the moment with me, and she has chosen what’s better.”
In all my preparation and fiddling to experience the launch of that space shuttle, I became distracted to the very essence of the launch itself, and like Martha, missed the moment.
If we become distracted by the busyness of life or screens, we might miss something important that God wants us to see or learn.
I think that’s a lesson we can all benefit from.