Picture Perfect

They say a picture says a thousand words but how many of those words are actually true?

You know what it's like when someone posts a picture on Facebook and you look wistfully at the perfect day out and wish life was like that.

That happened to me this week - a dear friend posted a gorgeous picture of a day on the lake in the sunshine with mountains in the background and I sighed and wished that was my life right now.

Abruptly I stopped, hang on a minute, last week I posted a picture of us sitting on the sea wall in the sunshine looking out to sea and eating fish and chips, idyllic. I had comments wishing they were there, how lucky I am to live by the sea etc...

Wait a minute.... That picture is not the wonderful life by the sea, carefree eating supper on the beach, as it looks. I'm going to be honest here, we were eating chips on the seafront because I'd had such a rotten, busy and chaotic day that by the time hubby came hone from work I hadn't given supper a second thought.

In a rush of annoyance and feeling like I was a terrible wife and mother for not even providing basic sustenance I bundled them in the car to get chips on the sea front. I'm not saying that it wasn't lovely, it was and as I captured that moment on camera I realised that God can make good out of chaos and bring moments of joy into our negative feelings.

The same is possibly true of other pictures we see and sigh over. My friend may have had an idyllic day, but I also know she has a large young family that can get noisy and rowdy and this picture could just have easily captured that single moment of joy in an otherwise chaotic day.

When you look longingly at the pictures or lives of others that seem idyllic and sorted remember this; behind the lens or the person on show is a real person, with a real life, full of ups and downs, good days and bad days.

Everybody is really very normal and ordinary and more like you than you imagine. Tweet this

God brings good times, moments of joy and calm in the chaos. God can make our picture look perfect even for a moment - look out for your moment today.

I'm linking this post today with Essential Devotions where Mel talks about the Joy God gives us in life.

And a 1st time link-up with Fellowship Fridays because I think as Mum's we especially struggle with comparing lives and expectations.


  1. This is very encouraging! Thank you for sharing! I definitely fall prey to the Facebook comparing. Learning to see God in all of it!

    God bless you! (Found you on SITS!)

    1. Thank you for dropping by - Glad it encouraged you. Blessings :)

  2. I love this. It is so easy to look at others' lives (or pictures) and feel envious, but we have no idea what the real story behind the picture is.

  3. So good, Tania! Other people's posted moments often look so much better than our unposted moments. Whether they really are or not doesn't matter. What matters is what we let it do to ourselves! I read your post right after being on Facebook, so the reminder was very timely for me. Thanks!

  4. I love seeing people's moments captured in a photo, for it helps remind us of the joy moments in the middle of our ordinary lives. :)

  5. I love this - you are so right in what you say. I think women are particularly bad at comparing ourselves with others and doing ourselves down in the process. But like you have explained so well here we compare what we see on the outside of other people's lives with what we see on the inside of our own - the scales are balanced unfairly. Great post!
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions.

  6. Such beautiful thoughts, Tania. I love this: "God can make our picture look perfect even for a moment - look out for your moment today."

    It's all about perspective. And when we see the hand of God in everything, we will always see beauty, even in the chaos. :-)