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2024 Day 5: The Meaning



Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

When my eldest daughter graduated from high school earlier this year, I looked for a photographer to take her senior photos. My husband didn’t want to spend too much on this, so I boldly took out the single-lens reflex camera that had sat in the camera bag for a long time from the storage cabinet and prepared to take photos of this important milestone in my daughter’s life. The weather was hot that day, and we walked around for more than an hour to take plenty of photos. I gave my best effort to capture what I thought were the most beautiful angles of my daughter. When I came back to see the results, my daughter and husband were quite satisfied, but I felt it was not good enough. I blamed myself and even complained that my husband was unwilling to spend the money to hire a professional photographer, and I was jealous of other people’s beautiful graduation photos. There was this bad feeling in my heart, and I asked my Heavenly Father what I should do.

Then, Heavenly Father reminded me: How many mothers can personally take photos of an important chapter in their daughter’s life? How many daughters are willing to have their mothers take such precious photos for them? Which is more important, the result or the process? The meaning behind the photo is much more important than the superficial shooting effect. When I pick up the photo, I always think of the laughter we shared that day, and the sweat we wiped off each other.

We always compare the gains and losses in life, but sometimes we don’t cherish the meaning behind the process. We care about our children’s test scores, but we don’t see the satisfaction they get every time they work hard to complete their homework. We complain about the rerouting of our trip, but we don’t see the joy of planning the trip together. We mourn the loss of people and things, but we fail to notice the meaning and impact they have brought to our lives.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” When we think carefully, we will see that in everything, our Heavenly Father always has the most beautiful arrangements.

(Excerpted from the blog Blessings to You, Me and Him Online; republished with permission.)

Reflection Questions:

1. Have you ever been frustrated and sad because you were dissatisfied with the results? When you think back on the process, do you find any new meaning?

2. Think about Romans 8:28. Have you ever experienced a similar situation? How did you feel?


Written by Monica Chan Yip| Artwork by Monica Chan


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