Is it not enough to just see with our eyes?

Fireworks over Water

Last night my church hosted our annual Carols by Candlelight. The event draws thousands of people and culminates with a large fireworks display.

This year the fireworks were spectacular, bursting into a clear sky in front of a full moon. I was standing at the back of the crowd, and wandered along the perimeter of the oval as the sky was lit by the dazzling colours. I must confess, my immediate instinct as they started was to get my camera out to take a photo, but as the thought registered, I looked out across the crowd and saw a sea of people with the glow of mobile phones reached out towards the sky.

Was it not enough just to see with their eyes?

I sometimes wonder how much we miss by being so consumed with capturing every moment. I once heard a story about a well-known musician who was giving a small concert. He announced at the beginning that there were to be no mobile phones, no recordings and no pictures taken; not only that, but this was going to be a one-off performance. The audience, knowing that they had this moment, and this moment only, to enjoy the performance, found themselves mesmerized by the music; engaged on a level that they  otherwise never would have been.

How often do we view the world through the lens of a camera, and never really take the time to really see it with our own eyes?

8 comments on “Is it not enough to just see with our eyes?

  1. fabiolucano says:

    Love it!!

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Mel says:

    I often think about the same thing! How many moments are missed or ruined because we’re too busy trying to capture the shot?!

  3. Sis says:

    Beautiful! Sometimes it’s better to skip the cameras and soak in the presence and beauty of God.

  4. I just got a real camera and planned on using it. I hope I don’t lose what God wants to show me. I’ll have to pray about that.

    • sarsrose says:

      I love your heart on these things Stephen. I’m sure you’ll see what God wants you to see. I think we can get a lot of joy from looking back through photos and remembering experiences, but then there are times that the camera really can’t do it justice, and we need to not miss the moment by looking through a lens!

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