Sunday, April 26, 2009
An Appalling Camcorder Discovery
I found a clip on our camcorder tonight that shocked me.
I had pulled the dusty thing out to convert some old family movies to DVD. Curious about where we 'left off' on capturing life, I played the last recorded scene.
It wasn't pretty.
It was shot exactly a year ago in Ohio where the family used to live. Before the tape goes blank you see an unforgettable scene with a mom and her children eating cereal from plastic bowls while sitting on the kitchen floor. There is no table, the room is bare, and a puppy in a crate looks on anxiously.
The irony of the scene is that the last thing the camera man asked the people sitting on the floor before the screen goes blank is "Hey kids, can we trust God to work things out?" and there are some early morning sleep-tarnished nods answering in the affirmative.
This was the Rovenstine clan a year ago. Having thought we sold our house, we moved all of our stuff into storage for the move to Mexico. The kids had said their goodbyes to friends, we were sleeping on the floor, and we had already brought home the new puppy Moses that was supposed to be a guard dog for the home in Mexico.
When the sale fell through, we were stunned and living like animals for a few weeks before we came to our senses and got busy living. (You can read about the revelation on that decision here.)
It's been almost 52 Sundays since that morning and I have to sit back and marvel at how it all worked out and how God seems to know what he is up to. Sure, there have been some high summits and a few swamps to muck through, but what an awful shame it would have been if that was the last story the camcorder had to tell.
Which brings me to a promise I'm making to myself. There will be more God-trusting moments on that camcorder before I end up in the old folks home.