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Have you ever thought about bombs? Up until a few weeks ago, I’d not really given much thought about them. But one day recently that all changed and I began researching different types of bombs. In my research I learned that there are pipe bombs, smoke bombs, stink bombs, suitcase bombs, cluster bombs, atomic bombs, dirty bombs, hydrogen bombs, and nuclear bombs. You can be sure that there are many more different types of bombs than what I’ve listed.

However, for this week’s story it’s all about photobombs.

If you don’t know what a photobomb is don’t worry. The truth is, up until just a few weeks ago I didn’t know what a photobomb was either. Thankfully, I have my grandchildren to teach me about photobombs and lots of other stuff I don’t know. With every year that passes it seems that my grandchildren know more (than me) and I understand less. I can only imagine what technology is going to be like in the year 2020. Come to think about it … that’s only six years away. Yikes!

To understand what a photobomb is… picture the following scenario in your mind. You and your family have just returned home from a fabulous vacation. After checking your mail and watering your plants, you unpack your clothes and stow away the luggage. Then you and your family gather around the dining room table to look at the photos you took while on vacation. You’re hoping for picture-perfect vacation photos to “ooh and aah” over … photos that are suitable for framing. Instead, you’re irked to discover that in what would have been ‘good photos’ there’s a stranger in the background making comical gestures. You’ve been photobombed.

So what is the definition of a photobomb? It’s when an otherwise normal photo has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photo. According to www.urbandictionary.com the definition of photobomb is to drop in a photo unexpectedly … to hop in a picture right before it is taken; often in some dramatic or comical way. The bottom line is … your photo is spoiled.

Now I want to switch gears and discuss when your picture-perfect life has been photobombed. Let’s say that so far your life has been wonderful. Fortunately you’ve not encountered severe hardships or difficulties. But then suddenly and unexpectedly your picture-perfect life is photobombed by sickness, job loss, death of a loved one, or some other tragedy. No one is immune to these kinds of things. Tragedy and hardships affect Christians and non-Christians alike. However there is a huge difference for those who are members of God’s family and those who are not. That huge difference is that in every photo, in every segment, of a Christian’s life … God is ever present.

More specifically, God takes care of His own.

You may have put other people or things ahead of God so that He’s in the background of your life. Nevertheless; once you’re a member of God’s family, He’s faithful to watch over you. You see God loves you and He promises in His Word that He’ll never leave you or forsake you and He won’t. God keeps His Word. And He keeps His Word always.

For those of you who are not in God’s Family … you can be today. How? I’ll tell you how. Sincerely ask Jesus Christ (God’s Son) to come into your heart and life as your Savior. Then you too, will belong in God’s family. And you’ll have the assurance and peace of mind in knowing that regardless of how ‘fiery’ the tragedies or trials in your life might be … God Himself will be present in the ‘fiery furnace’ with you, and like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego you will come out unscathed. If you’ve not heard what God did for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego … you simply must read the third chapter of Daniel (in the Bible). Trust me, it’s an amazing story!

Rejoice readers! Rejoice, I say. For if Jesus is your Savior, then God is your Father, and that means Satan cannot ruin or spoil your life by photobombing you with tragedies.

“The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”—Psalm 121:8 (NLT)

Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker. She can be reached by email at debra@debrawallace.com or online at www.debrawallace.com.

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