Think about a camera for a second. Its purpose is to essentially capture a moment that we value. The camera is a tool to capture and transmit moments that are valuable (artistically, personally, etc.).
Christians (and other seekers of the Divine) are, surprisingly, rather like cameras. They seek to become repositories of glories. In other words, they want to experience value in their life. Experiencing value is the “capturing” of value. Many religions are also into proselytizing, which is essentially transmitting valuable moments to others.
Its funny how something as simple as capturing and transmitting valuable experiences has historically been something that is so messy. Indeed, the Tucson tragedy has been at work in the past as well as the present.
Wait. Everyone is a camera. Everyone wants to capture and share valuable moments. These seem to be essential components of well-being. The difference between the Divine seeker and the…wait. There is no difference. All valuable moments are divine. It seems like everyone is looking for valuable moments, which belong to the Divine. This is Aquinas all over again.
(Parenthetical Heresy: Perhaps those who are religious don’t even necessarily have a monopoly on the Divine Kodak moments. They might just call it a different thing. They speak a different language. This is certainly heresy, but it seems to be the truth.)
Pointing the camera in the right direction is important. Indeed, this is precisely what this blog is all about. Adjusting, not just the aim of the camera, but the focus is important. In other words, I can be a part of the same Divine moments as another person, but if my focus isn’t correct, I will not capture that experience. I will miss out. There are both objective and subjective elements to capturing the divine.
I hope and pray cameras, from this point forward, will always remind me where I should be aiming and how much focus should be adjusted.