Winning the Prize
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14)
Of the many photographic goals I have set for myself, near the top of the list was to capture an image of a Cedar Waxwing. Until now, I had only seen pictures of this incredibly beautiful bird. Virtually every image I have seen seemed so perfect that the bird almost looks fake. In my mind I couldn’t really believe that, if and when I ever saw one of these creatures, it would look so perfect. In a way I suppose I thought that when I actually saw a Cedar Waxwing it would almost be like finally seeing a movie that everyone raves about – but when you watch it, you are disappointed because it didn’t meet your expectations. Well, two days ago while in Ferndale, Washington and with no expectation to see any birds of unique significance, I finally saw several of these birds and got some images that actually exceeded my expectations. Because I needed to catch a plane, I didn’t have very much time to spend taking pictures, otherwise I would have been there for hours!
The images I captured were truly a prize to me, as they represent yet another outstanding masterpiece from God, the Creator. But this prize is temporal and lacks true significance when compared with the ultimate prize Paul refers to in Philippians 3:14. Eternal life in Heaven with Christ is indeed the ultimate prize that Christians anticipate. There can be no earthly prize that compares to what awaits us in Heaven. And I believe that regardless of our expectations, they will be far surpassed when we get there. To be there, with Him and all His glory will surely be an awesome prize to cherish and enjoy for life everafter.