Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When She Sees Me Face to Face

I can’t help it. I am in awe of the technology that is available these days, even to regular folks like me. I would never have guessed, for example, that I would be able to have semi-regular Sunday evening visits with my darling baby granddaughter who lives a thousand miles away.

I’m speaking of SKYPE, or course, a modern marvel in communications. Not only can I hear sweet Selah coo and squeal during these hour-long sessions, but I can see her, too. I watch her jump in her Jenny Jump-Up,

watch her eat baby food,

see how she wiggles and squirms in her daddy’s arms.

I’ve seen her new teeth as they come in, and I’m told that I will be able to watch her crawl during our next visit.

The photos I am sharing here are of Selah, in Texas, taken with my computer’s camera from my living room in Iowa. Isn't that amazing? I often remark that she seems to be looking right at me, but my son believes that she is really looking at the video of herself. (sigh) Oh well. I should be satisfied, shouldn’t I? What more could I possibly want?

Actually, I do want more. As wonderful as it is to spend such precious time with Selah (and her parents, of course) on SKYPE, it also fills me with longing. I want so badly to hold her in my arms, to kiss her chubby cheeks, and to play “This Little Piggy on her stubby little toes. I want to snuggle with her as she dozes off to sleep, and be the first to greet her when she awakes. No amount of Skype time makes up for face to face, skin to skin Grandma time.

As I’ve thought about this, I have been reminded of this verse:

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)

This verse describes a little of how I feel about my SKYPE sessions with Selah. It also makes me realize, however, that the same is true of my relationship with God. As great as it is to know Him, I only know Him in part for now. Someday, however, I will know God fully. As my creator, not bound by the laws of the physical world, God already knows me fully, so the revelation will be solely mine. What a mysterious, marvelous truth! What a day to anticipate!

Lord willing, I will get to see Selah in person next month. I am so looking forward to that day! We will cuddle and sing, play, read books, and go for walks for an entire week. Maybe she will begin to know and recognize her grandma, and just maybe she will actually remember me when she sees me on SKYPE once again after we all return home. Well, I can hope, anyway.

Grandma loves you, Selah!


  1. She is a beautiful little one. I am truly amazed with all the technology.
    Hugs, andrea

    PS: I have a little update on amden at arise 2 write.

  2. I am so amazed at how God has allowed technology to truly bless us in ways we would have never imagined before. What a treat you have!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. We have discovered the wonder of Skype too in seeing our grandsons who are so far away. You have a precious little one that I fully understand you want to see often, but also to hold and be with. Your comparison with seeing and knowing God is wonderful, Sharlyn! Thank you for sharing that and the sweet pictures!

  4. My grandkids and I just Skyped a little over a week ago. I LOVE technology that lets me keep in touch my grandkids so far away!

    My daughter and I text all the time.

    But you make a good point Shar. How awesome when not only do we get to be with God face to face -- but it will be a time when God gets to finally give US a hug.


  5. I love this analogy! I also pray you do get to see sweet Selah face to face soon and just drink her in!

    What a precious baby:-)

  6. We love skyppe as well ~ the boys talk with grandma often. It's so nice for them to be able to see her without making that long journey.


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