Clear View Of The Big Picture

My vision of God can easily become clouded. This can be a result of a multitude of reasons… Perhaps I have walked away from God during a hard season, or maybe I need to better listen and consume His word, or perhaps He is taking a step back for me to use skills He has been developing within me. Whatever the case may be, I often feel in need of a reintroduction to the God of the Universe.

Perhaps the reality of needing this re-acquaintance is because we lose sight and need to stop putting our infinite God into the finite limits we know as humans. We compare God to our surroundings and our own fleshly abilities and shrink him down to our own convenient size and limits when He is simply not flawed as we are.

Despite my human shortcomings, God is who He says He is, and this truth does not change when situations don’t turn out as we envision or expect. As Isaiah 64:3-4 states,

“For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, 

you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”

Often I remind myself that God sees the whole picture. He knew the narrative Jesus would unfold as the beautiful love story for humanity that it is, but it wouldn’t unfold right away. Moses had to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, David had to take the throne and there needed to be 400 years of silence.

We may not understand God’s plan, but it is just that: a plan. A story that was premeditated, organized in advance where the Author knows the ending. God gives us His wisdom through the Holy Spirit, but we still must fight against our flesh and blood that whispers, “I’m still not sure it will play out like He said.” In these moments I must choose whether to believe my earthly peers, as intelligent as they may be, or the God who faithfully knit me together in my mother’s womb and has been faithful ever since.

I have seen the love and glory of God… and I choose His wisdom over mine. My choices apart from Him have always proven costly, so I will look to God every day, repent and ask to know Him more fully.

We are a part of God’s story and at times I need reminded that the pen is not in my hand. I will ask the Author of life where He wants to lead me next and never stop fighting to see Him more clearly each day.

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