OF GRAINY PICTURES AND IMPERFECT LIVES (A REFLECTION)

One evening, a week or thereabouts ago, I decided to take some selfies. It was late in the evening and power was out, but I decided to take the pix anyway. Naturally, they turned out to be grainy. But I kept them and the whole episode got me thinking: Why do we often wait for circumstances to be perfect before we do what we’re longing or we’re supposed to do? Why do we think our lives need to be perfect before we can be happy and count ourselves accomplished?

Yeah, so what if the pictures turn out to be a little grainy? What if the pay rise you’ve been hoping for still gets delayed? What if your kids don’t take the first position in class always? What if it rains for a while on your crusade night? What if, what if …? Believe me, there are always going to be “What ifs”, lots of them. But don’t let them steal your joy. Don’t let them stop you from doing what your heart is asking you to do. Don’t let them distract you from appreciating the things that God is doing in your life now, imperfect as it is.

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‘Cause the truth is, grainy pictures are also fine. They have their own kind of beauty. It’s not like the beauty of those taken in brighter times but they do have something, something that distinguishes them from the sharper pictures taken in broad daylight or with some beaming, artificial light. It’s like the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:40-41:

“There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.” (NKJV)

So if the time you’re in is late evening and you feel like it, take those grainy pictures and save them. When the light returns, take the sharper ones and save them too. Side by side, they will give you a more complete view than if you had one type alone. And then when occasion demands, you can help others see the beauty in all. I believe you catch my drift. But if not, the following scriptures will help.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” – Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)


A perfect example of someone who did what was needed in spite of the odds was the apostle Paul. He took the gospel wherever the Spirit led him irrespective of the danger. He wrote most of the epistles from his prison cell. He never allowed negative situations to deter him. One of his statements we love to quote reflects this:

“… I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation … I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:12&13 (NIV)

Remember, you need to be saved to make all this work for it is those who have the right to be called children of God because they have believed in and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour that He endues with strength from on high. The promise that all things work together for good is meant for them. (John 1:12, Romans 8:28)

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So wherever you are now – valley or mountaintop – rejoice and make the most of it. If you’re in a negative situation, that may turn around at any moment. But in the meantime, find out what God requires of you and be about it with all that He’s put inside you. Don’t wait for all the pain, the hardship, the loneliness or whatever else to disappear before you start singing those melodies or writing and teaching those Bible lessons you are receiving, before you start reaching out to the needy with the little that you have.

Nothing is perfect on this side of heaven but we must do what we can as the Spirit leads and strengthens us. And we will continue to rejoice in our Maker who makes all things beautiful in His time. Amen in Jesus’ name.
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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.
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91 thoughts on “OF GRAINY PICTURES AND IMPERFECT LIVES (A REFLECTION)

  1. Certainly, there will be what its – a lot of them. But d question is, what is ur disposition towards it.. Thanks

  2. This story is indeed, a composition of advise and courage with biblical instances to all those who are confused with the ups and downs of this world. God said in his word that all those who are thirsty should come to him and get filled. thank you very much my wonderful lecturer and God bless you.

  3. Your words are of great comfort and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing such piece with the world. God bless you ma.

  4. THIS IS REALLY REALLY ENCOURAGING AND INSPIRING.THANK YOU VERY MUCH MA.THIS IS A WORD IN TIME.I APPRECIATE.PLEASE WE NEED MORE OF THIS.

  5. ”Wherever you are now-valley or mountaintop-rejoice and make most of it”,my spirit is lifted by this inspirational piece. Thanks

  6. Blessed by this post. “WHAT IF’S” has been a problem to me for a very long time. What if I fail, what if I fall. Now I know.

  7. …Life is edged on chances…`But in the meantime, find out what God wants you to do and do that with all that He has deposited in you’…However it is, whether on the mountain top or valley, each situation has a reason, grace and glory find it out…Remember no time is best or poor, early or late…just set out, do something!

    …Ma, whenever i turn to read from you, i do so for a solution, re-evaluation of soio-moral values and to get the best handle to ride with on these bad roads of life…Just thank you and God bless

  8. It got me thinking… and searching for those really ugly pictures from my childhood and truly, they have some special message around them (not minding my shaved head.)

  9. You take your time to tell the people about eternity through your stories and these are rare in the world of today and most of the other kinds of stories we read as youths. Thank you ma for yet another wonderful piece of work…its inspiring as always…

  10. I hear u ma, our situation should not position us but we should the be one to position them, that determines our faith and the potentials in us

  11. i’m otivated and encouraged to always smile no matter the situation. things appear the way i present them

  12. your words are like drops of water sipping in. whether grainy or perfect,i’ll always see the beauty in life.

  13. this are purely words and admonition of wisdom,ma u sure have a ministerial calling…i think this write was specially for me.

  14. We so long for perfection. But first, we need to take things one step at a time. The lines will fall into pleasant places.

  15. This is wonderfully creative, nobody would ever think of how this title evolved to a beautiful piece of encouragement.

  16. This in particular has struck me to be still nd always be joyous in my hrt..putting God first in my life nd makings things work no matter the imperfections in my life..no matter the pains..i love you Jesus and am glad you died to save me..am free! Am happy! I can move mountains..

  17. Your words are filled with wisdom overflowing. It is true that we want a perfect situation to make a move, a perfect account balance to give out a loan or start a business.. .nothing is perfect and if we continually wait for the “perfect time” we might just find out that we have lost a lot.

  18. This message is meant for me. From now on, in every situation I find myself, I would be content because I know better days are ahead

  19. Ma, the analogy you made is apt.
    Though it might be difficult for us to smile in some situations, taking solace in the fact that it would pass away, can also help.

    PS- I have been avoiding the camera for a while but now, I’m just going to take a picture for the future all thanks to this post.
    God bless you, ma.

  20. Truly, grainy pictures are not perfect but they are uniquely beautiful. God knows best. We should seek to do His will regardless of whatever situation we find ourselves because all things are working out for our good, Our God is intentional.

  21. This is wisdom at its peak… I felt much better after reading through this… Often times we worry too much about getting things done perfectly, and on the process, we tend to loose our smile, and happiness.
    God loved us even when we are imperfect , and gave us his only begotten son..
    Regardless of our predicaments, we should always smile and give thanks to God..
    Thanks for this inspiring piece ma’am… You re indeed a gift to humanity

  22. Hmm! I believe sometimes, you can’t help but feel a little bit down but the goal is to live 90/10 happy versus sad.

  23. This is just the note for anyone feeling blue. The grainy and the bright side of life is what can give us complete view of life so that when we see others struggle with difficulties and hard times we become advocates for perseverance and long suffering surely,light must come.

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