Jan. 2, 2020
It is time for another Think About It. Again. These are messages that I wrote in years gone by, and it is always interesting to see what the Lord had given me to share then. And again, now.
When I looked back and saw what I had published at least 5 years ago, this one was on the list. Do we know what the BIG picture is, the one that grasps more than the daily world many live in, not realizing the vast expanse out there of other nations and people groups, living quite different lives?
Do we communicate with the Living God, Who sees from His heavenly throne every minute of every day?
Read the following. Again. Or for the first time.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People ministry, Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Originally published Jan. 5, 2015
“You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.” Psalm 36:9 (THE MESSAGE)
You are surrounded by the forest. All around you is nothing except the dense foliage, with a few streaks of sunlight piercing the darkness. You can’t see much at all and you think this is it. This is the known world.
As the camera pulls back, the forest gives way to a winding river, and then majestic clouds as the view expands higher up. Moving quickly now, you see through the lens a large landmass, surrounded by a huge ocean. Then the round ball of the earth comes into further view, followed by a galaxy with massive groups of stars. There is no stopping point to the vastness of the creation.
At times our world we move in seems nothing more than what we can see through the trees in the forest. The daily routines, work schedules, and the ongoing maintenance of life keep us from seeing the big picture. For some, our boundaries are the small confines we are familiar with, and it sometimes seems that is all we can handle. Keeping life simple, within that established and familiar perimeter, is ok within our world, we at times believe.
For many, the bigger picture is rarely seen, if at all. Just maintaining the day in, day out routine is enough for the typical person, seeking to make it through another week, another season, another year. What is happening elsewhere offers nothing that will touch our lives. Or so it would seem.
To have a world concept, to go beyond what we typically come in contact with, requires something outside of ourselves. It will push us to see more than we would normally want to see, to get involved within a sphere outside of our own. Having a world view will require more than the “me and mine” attitude if we are to affect the world beyond our known borders.
At times I am content to keep within the confines of the world I typically walk in – to do well on the job, maintain the few relationships I have, and accept the routine I have grown accustomed to. It just seems good enough. And yet fulfillment lacks. More must be attained.
Seeking the Lord’s purpose and plan for our lives will bring the full picture in view, as we realize that His world, the one we have been called to walk in, is beyond ours. Having His vantage viewpoint gives us the opportunity to get beyond our immediate surroundings and expand our world view.
As time goes by, the zeal we had to change the world in our youth must not be replaced with a complacency and tendency to shrink back from serving His purposes. Rather than believing we have completed our assignment and can now sit back and let others do it, our prayer must be to have His passion and love for the world renewed in our spirit. It is a daily walk, one that by His grace we can keep pressing on to achieve.
The enemy would like for us to sit back and let the world go by, allowing “que sera sera” – whatever will be will be. But that is not what we have been given to do, and we must continue to walk by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, to be overcomers in this life.
The big picture, the full picture, has the world in view. Our place in this world is to continue to bring His kingdom into that part that He has for us to impact and fulfill. Until He calls us home to our eternal reward, let us keep seeking the Lord so we can be instruments of His love here on earth.
Now think on this,
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Originally published as: Now Think On This #165 – “Big Picture. Full Picture.” by Steve Martin
Date: In the year of our Lord 2015 (01.05.15) Monday at 9:00 am in Charlotte, NC
Think On This Again published: 01.02.20 Thursday at 6 am in Charlotte, NC
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