You have to look at the larger picture.
How many times have you heard this or even said it yourself?
So, have you said that lately? Especially in this time of world-wide panic and crisis, many of us just want to get through it alive. Our picture is quite small, don’t you think?
Now, that is not to say that survival is not important to us, no, far from it. Our life is all we have! Without life, we have no input into other lives except our history and the memories others have of us.
What about after the virus has expended itself? Is that part of the picture we should see?
Jesus said it in so many words in Luke 12. He tells his disciples not to be afraid of the ones that take their life, but the One that can take their life and cast their soul into hell.
If we focus on that picture, our Salvation, this current time of trouble fades a bit, and we can see God’s plan for each of us.
God’s Plan for eternity includes His plan for us. That, my friends, is the larger picture. Let’s focus on that today.
I took a series of pictures of a barn door in Wisconsin. In the series, I was close to the door, aiming down the length of the door. I held a very tight focus close to my position. The near field of view was in focus, but the rest of the door was not. I then focused on the middle of the door.
Again, everything but the focus point was a bit blurry. Finally, I focused at the far end of the door with the same results.
As individual pictures, they were interesting, but only that. When I put them in a series, they didn’t make sense until I put them in order. The close focus shot followed by the mid focus followed by the far focus. In that way, they led your eye from one edge to the other edge of the door. It now told a story.
When we maintain our focus on one spot, we lose the rest of the picture. When we put our pictures out of order, the story doesn’t make sense. It’s only when all the pieces are in hand and in place that the story unfolds and the whole picture makes sense.
So, what does this have to do with the price of tea in china?
What are you focusing on today? Are you seeing only the very closest part of the life you are living? The part that is just a little further? Or just beyond that?
In 1 Corinthians 13 verse 12 we are told that what we see is fuzzy. The King James version says that ‘now we see through a glass, darkly’. The Wycliffe version says that ‘we see by a mirror in darkness’. The J.B. Phillips version says, ‘At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror.’
But that is not the end of the passage. Each goes on to say, in their own way, that we will see clearly. Face to Face. We will know the whole picture!
So, what we are focusing on in this world, today, just isn’t clear. We don’t have the whole picture and what we do see is not in focus.
There is more to the picture than we see. God has written the story, the whole story, and we are included in the last chapter.
And just wait until you get to the epilogue! Pictures don’t do it justice!