The Big Picture
by Michael S. Tyrrell
December 17, 2019
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I can’t see the forest for the trees”? What it really means is that sometimes we are so focused on the minutiae, that we can’t see the big picture. I confess that when I was younger, I majored in the minor … a lot! Let me tell you, one of the big perks of aging is realizing there is always more to the story than you can see. If you are standing directly in front of something, you can see part of what’s there; trying a new perspective will enable you to see over, around, behind, or even through what’s in your way.
When you finally stumble upon something that is destined to be your life’s work, it is always an unfolding revelation. Just about the time you think you have it figured out, you discover a new unopened door. For me, there are three things in my life that are multi-faceted, unfolding mysteries: God, my wife, and Wholetones!
I have found peace knowing that I will never fully figure them out!!!! It is a joy unspeakable when you find someone or something that is incomparably beautiful, precious, and timeless. Every day is a new discovery. Like Huck Finn rafting the Mississippi, you never know what waits around the next bend.
Life is supposed to be exciting; dreams are best dreamt BIG. All of us have experienced seasons when things appear hopeless, predictable, and really boring. If we are objective, we realize that the source of these occasions resides between our ears. Yep, our minds are very powerful—if we are convinced that the obstacle directly in front of us is the summum bonum of our existence, we will write off the endless possibilities existing just outside the periphery.
When we allow our faulty perception of reality to dictate our beliefs, our actions will inevitably follow suit. You could NEVER make God too big. He is almighty. We do not have the imagination, vernacular, or ability to grasp the fullness of the divine. Thus, when the psalmist David exclaimed, “come magnify the Lord with me,” he was saying we should not truncate God with human reasoning, but instead should get the big picture—seeing Him exalted —and worship Him in that light!
Our human nature is rife with doubt, skepticism, ego, and pride. If we jettison those common inclinations and replace them with faith, imagination, humility, and love, the big picture will be within our grasp. You may not be able to see past the obstacles with your physical eyes; however, you can see through the obstacles with the eyes of your heart. When you do so, seeing is believing!
So until next week, I will leave you with these words from Ephesians 1:18-19:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Michael S. Tyrrell
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