This is a very strange picture to lead with.
Especially since this is an email announcing the birth of our third child. But here's why we chose it:
The picture is the exact view from Kim's hospital bed.
This is what she saw for four days as she recovered from an emergency c-section. She commented that it brought her such joy amidst the pain and general Blah-ness of the hospital vibe to look out her door and see just that little sliver of a decorated Christmas tree in the hallway.
She considered this tiny GLIMPSE of normalcy to be a direct gift from God.
God orchestrates our life to be like that sometimes, doesn't He? It's not always butterflies and cupcakes and sunny beaches. The sting of pain, death, and suffering sometimes seems so near at hand. The brokenness of a fallen world is not hard to see in the foreground.
And yet, as the redeemed, our hearts focus on King Jesus. And as we peer out the door, around corners and past the dullness, there is always hope. There is always something on the horizon to bring a fresh smile, a needed laugh, and rest for our soul.
Christ is constantly ministering to His children.
Even with a half-view of an artificial tree in a sterile hospital hall. Praise Him!