by Annie Robinson
25th June 2021
If you have seen the film The Truman Show (and if you haven’t seen the film, you really must!) then you may remember the film poster – a photo mosaic which, from a distance, is a picture of Truman’s face, but is actually made up of hundreds and hundreds of photos from Truman’s life – happy moments, sad moments, pivotal ones and seemingly ordinary ones.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, a moment is “A very short period of time” or “a particular time or occasion”. Wow. Built into the very definition of the word moment is the notion that it is an occasion. If lockdown has taught me anything, it’s been to slow down and cherish the moment, no matter how ordinary it seems. I was in the car with my daughter, and she was singing along to the radio. I just stopped for a moment (not literally, as I was driving!) and I became aware of how thankful I was, for that moment. I am learning to trust God that, like in The Truman Show poster, He will make all these tiny moments into something beautiful.
Artists in ancient Greece understood the value of seemingly ordinary things, and they designed the most beautiful mosaics. They would collect small pieces of glass, and stones (the latter which were of seemingly little worth or value) and they would bring the broken pieces together to make a beautiful picture, sometimes even a story.
The Japanese art of Kintsugi (known as “the golden repair”) is where skilled artists mend the broken pieces of pottery with gold. The very places where the break or flaw was, are filled with precious metal, so that it all becomes part of the story.
And so it is with God. He gathers the moments of our life, the great bits, the not-so-great bits, and pours his gold into our lives. He renews, He restores. In fact, have you noticed how many major themes in the bible start with the prefix “re”? Repent, restore, renew, return, repair, rebuke, remember, remind, rebuild, resurrect, revive.
Isaiah 61 talks about the great works which will be completed by the people who God has healed and liberated:
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
“re” means “again”. Our God is the God of again, the God of restoration, the God of renewal.
- In your life
- In your family
- In your community
In Zechariah 4:10, (NLT), Zechariah, who is longing for the restoration of the temple, is told in a dream
Do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
And so as we emerge from lockdown and our society takes its tentative steps towards rebuilding again, remember that the God of the “re” is working alongside you, restoring, renewing, repairing. And He’s the God of your every moment. Trust him to renew and repair in your life, surrender each moment to Him – the good ones, the bad ones, and the seemingly ordinary ones. Because is there any such thing as an ordinary moment, in the hands of an amazing God?
There are new beginnings everywhere, in our gardens and parks, in the fruit and vegetables that we eat. Even a kiwi fruit has between fifty and two hundred seeds in it. Next time you eat one, have a look. If you have never eaten a kiwi fruit, you must! And if you have never seen The Truman Show nor eaten a kiwi fruit, then you and I need to have a serious talk 🙂