The Bigger Picture

Isaiah 55

One day, back in November, while scrolling my local newspaper’s website, I came across a picture and was instantly captivated by its beauty. Staring a moment longer at the grandeur of the scene, I came to realize that the building was familiar to me—it was the inside of my hospital! The place I’d been visiting pretty frequently, as multiple health issues had abounded over time.

But while there, I’d never pay the scenery much attention. Instead, I’d step straight off the escalator and take an immediate seat in one of the plush, cozy chairs awaiting my arrival. I’d glance around quickly and speak to passersby; but then I’d put in my headphones and watch a video until it was time for me to head back upstairs for my appointment, never thinking to fully take in all that was around me.

In that moment of viewing the picture, and being taken aback at all that I’d never noticed about that common place, God reminded me of life’s (unseen/unrealized) bigger picture.

Oftentimes, we can find ourselves huffing and pouting about the day-to-day circumstances life bring, or the “trivial” trials we have to wrestle with, or the dueling hardships that seemingly never end, all while never realizing that there is a bigger picture to it all—a God picture and perspective.

If we think back to Mark chapter 8, where Jesus was telling His disciples of what must take place, the death He was to die to save mankind, we see that the apostle Peter, too, had this limited view. Peter’s first thought on hearing Jesus’ words wasn’t agreement, but rebuke; for surely the Messiah, the King of the whole world wouldn’t be ridiculed, mocked, beaten, and killed (by His own creation). Surely – fiercely opposite – He would ride in on His white horse and slay all of His enemies and the wicked oppressors of His people.

That time would indeed come (as we see in Revelation 19), but at that time, there was another view at hand. There was a God-picture, perspective that Peter could not yet see.

Yes, Jesus would be tortured and would have to suffer a little while to pay the penalty for our sins, but when it was all said and done, He’d reign triumphant, He’d have trampled the enemy under His feet, and He’d have made a public spectacle of him, through that which seemed as if it would defeat Him.

In the same way, there are many things in our lives that seem as if they will defeat us, as if God should have stopped them at the gate because He knew they’d be too overwhelming for us. But He didn’t, because He has a perfect plan to carry out through the chaos. That plan may not be in our immediate view at this point; it may not even be there in the next five years. But in time, God will allow us to see the bigger picture… and oh, how beautiful it will be.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  – Revelation 21:4

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