Midweek Morsel: A Missed Opportunity’s Blessing

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From time to time, I’ve been known to break one of the cardinal rules of any self-respecting photo-taking enthusiast—keep your camera battery charged at all times. None of us wants to be caught with a dead camera when a photo opp presents itself, but alas, I’ve found myself in that very position at times.

I’ve reached for my camera to try to capture a photo of a neat backyard bird sighting and have immediately discovered my oversight. Darn. Dad-gum-it. I failed to charge the battery during the night. And then I proceed to mentally kick myself until I see that that’s not going to change a thing.

But you know what? In the midst of one of my missed photo opportunities, I realized a different kind of blessing awaited. Since I wasn’t busy snapping photos of the birds, I had the chance to simply watch them. Instead of focusing on taking photos, I fully savored the moment and reveled in the beauty of the scene.

So next time we mess up and miss an opportunity, let’s remember to look for a different blessing that might be right in front of us. Let’s take advantage of the new opportunity.

“Be joyful always . . . give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18

*When have you discovered a different kind of blessing in the midst of a missed opportunity?

*My photo


  1. Cheryl, I keep an extra battery and after a week or so, I just change and charge. My camera battery cost $70, but it is worth it!

    And after so many years of having a camera with me constantly, there are times I purposely leave it behind to fully be in the moment. I twitch a little at first, but eventually reassure myself that with 22,000 photos on my computer, I probably don’t need another one.

    • Good idea, Jana, to keep an extra battery on hand — and also to leave the camera behind at times. I can understand the twitching :) I’m glad to hear how many photos you have on your computer. Now I don’t feel so bad about all of mine! :)

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