Long drives make me stir crazy. I’ve always been quick to get horrendously car sick, so unless I’m driving, that limits my entertainment options to music or conversation. On my latest lengthy car ride, I was sharing with my hubby how Facebook tends to cloud my head, but my instagram is like a breath of fresh air. I follow a farmer in the UK who so beautifully captures the English countryside, that his pictures make you feel better about just BEING alive. I’ve seen so many articles about how people get their knickers in a knot about how instagram and Facebook is stuffed with fakey staged moments that aren’t real and why can’t we just be real online…blah, blah, blah. The truth is: YES my sink is full of dirty dishes and my laundry is likely climbing the walls, but who reallly wants to see a sepia tone picture of my laundry hamper!?
Certainly NOT all moments are instagram ‘worthy’ and I soooooo get that. I know it can feel frustrating when things at home feel like a full on mess and when you see your neighbor french braiding her daughters hair you might want to scream: HOW? WHY! That’s normal. People are simply normal. We have rock-star days and we have utterly human days.
We don’t have to make every moment feel epic, we just have to appreciate the ebb and flow of grace. I love seeing my friends feed on instagram. I might feel like the day has gone to the dogs, but when I see your kiddos first tooth, a beautiful selfie of my best friend, a sunset that drives me to my knees, a vow renewal that reminds me of what is important, or a little one totally engrossed in playtime…this isn’t an online brag-a-thon. This is real. This is beautiful. This is the kind of stuff that wakes up my tired soul! It reminds me on the gray days that some moments can still be soul soaked. For me, Instagram is the highlight reel. It takes me out of my time and place and forces me to pause and just be. It reminds me that God made us to crave beauty and play! Wake up—my soul! There is much to see if only we had eyes ready to look.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.