1996-06-07 - Trusting God When We Can't See the Whole Picture Yet
I am the type of person who likes to know what is ahead. I like to be able to plan for it. But sometimes, I believe, God puts us in situations -- or allows them -- where we cannot see everything. That way we must depend on Him, like it or not!
I was reminded of this when I was reading Max Lucado's column in the May / June "Christian Reader." Side note here: For those of you not familiar with this magazine, it is like a Christian "Reader's Digest." It is published by publishers of "Christianity Today." It's a nifty little evangelical magazine, with excerpts from other magazines and from books, for those of us who get a little busy sometimes, and can't read "the whole thing." There are also original works and humor. Anyway, here is Max's story: "What I intended as good was interpreted as bad by a hummingbird. Recently one of the little fellows flew into the garage and got lost. Though the door was open, he didn't see it. He insisted, instead, on bashing his head against a closed window, determined to get out. Soon our whole family was in the garage, empathizing with his confusion. "Help him out, daddy," came the chorus from my kids. So I tried. I opened the window, hoping he'd fly out - he didn't. I nudged him with a broom handle. He wouldn't budge. Finally, after several firm pokes, he made a Move...the wrong way. He fluttered inside the two window panes. Now he was trapped. What a pitiful sight. I had no choice. I stuck my fingers in the opening, Grabbed a few feathers, and jerked him out. I'm sure he didn't appreciate the yank, but at least he was free. The bird thought I was cruel. If only he had known that I had come to help. If only he knew " Like the little hummingbird, we sometimes don't understand what God is doing in our lives. Or we want Him to hurry up. We need to remember: Isa 55:8 (NIV) "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.
A good Biblical example of not seeing the whole picture, was the birth of John the Baptist. To the people observing Elizabeth's wife she was simply a barren woman, with no hope of having children. However, God's "whole picture" included the birth of not only a son to Elizabeth, which would take away her disgrace: Luke 1:25 (NIV) "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."
But in fact, this son would be "John the Baptist," who would prepare the way for Jesus: Mat 3:1-3 (NIV) In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"
Dear Lord, help us to trust in You when we misunderstand, or can't see what is ahead. Help us to believe in our hearts, that You love us infinitely, and want only our good. Help us rest in Your love, and be content and at peace no matter our circumstances. It's hard for us, Lord, to not be anxious; we need Your help. In Jesus' name, amen.
Hope you all have a good weekend!
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.