The Big Picture

Christians often encourage one another with the phrase “God sees the big picture.” While it’s true – God does have a panoramic view of our lives; it isn’t always a comfort to hear those words. Imagine yourself in a large stadium full of thousands of people. If you were on the other side of the stadium from a friend, you would see the larger picture, the huge crowd, but could you pick out your friend? Could you see whether your friend was standing or sitting? Of course not – not without binoculars at the very least.

Sometimes we feel lost in the crowd. Sometimes the fact that God is looking at this huge all-encompassing view makes us feel small and unnoticed. But the scriptures point out that God has another perspective. He not only sees the Big Picture, He also sees all the tiny, seemingly unimportant details of each of our lives. He isn’t just seeing us from a distance. He knows the color of our eyes, He knows what our first thought is each morning when we open those eyes to face a new day. He is interested and concerned about everything that we feel and think. He knows our fears and our joys and He wants us to share them with Him every day.

Psalm 139:1-2 says “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you understand my thought from afar.”

You may not see your friend stand up in that crowded stadium, but God does. He also knows what each person in that place is thinking even before they think it. The Lord cares about the Big Picture because it’s His ultimate plan. But He knows that the big picture is made up of the details. God is interested in the little things as well as the big ones.

Invite the Lord into the details of your life and trust Him to fit you into His big picture.