A Moment Etched In Time

I was strolling with my Nikon D810 handheld on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, west of Los Angeles, on a special myPhotoWalk photo shoot searching for cityscape images for a new Fall, 2017, devotional book release from Quiet Time Ministries, entitled A Heart For Ministry.

I’m always looking for something new and exciting to expand my photographic work. What’s the best photographic genre about ministry? People. It’s what those in photography circles call street photography.

For me, it was a very powerful time of seeing the hearts of people. And how and where they live.

I saw wealthy and poor people. People on vacation. People out for a day with the family. Homeless people. Hungry people. And hurting people all.

I could identify with so much of the struggles I saw through the lens. And yet, I knew that only God knows what each person faces in a day.

And then a special scene caught my eye. I saw something very beautiful happening there on the Santa Monica Pier.

And the Lord allowed me to capture an image of the fleeting drama with my camera as it happened. Photography really is, as Marc Riboud, French photojournalist, says, “savoring life at 1/100th of a second.”

I watched a man who didn’t appear to have a lot of possessions walking toward one of the musicians playing for money there on the pier. He was intent on his purpose. He held a coin in his hand and walked up and gave it to the musician.

It was a moment etched in time.

You can see him purposefully giving away his money. And maybe it was all he had for the day. I don’t know.

But it reminds me of another event in Jesus’ day —

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4 NIV

I love how Jesus interprets this giving by the woman. She put in more than everyone else even though it was only two very small copper coins.

That’s how I felt about this man’s gift to another man there on the pier. In that moment etched in time I saw real giving from the heart.

May it help us all to remember that real giving happens in a moment etched in time. The Lord sees how we live. And He knows how we give.

Today, let’s resolve to make the most of those moments etched in time, and give God’s love to everyone around us.

God bless you.

Lord, thank You for a moment etched in time to see generosity and love in action. May we all make the most of our moments as we live for you in this lost and hurting world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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She out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.
Luke 21:4 NIV

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  • Title: A Moment Etched In Time
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  • Description: A sacrificial gift to another on Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 03/02/17
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 120mm, ISO 250, f/8, 1/640sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Santa Monica, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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