Perspective is Getting the Big Picture

A detail from a large (3' x 4') painting depicting white easter lilies in large vibrant red pots symbolizing the purity of Christ and His blood shed on the cross for our sins.  Christ is risen!  He has risen indeed!

A detail from a large (3′ x 4′) painting depicting white easter lilies in large vibrant red pots symbolizing the purity of Christ and His blood shed on the cross for our sins. Christ is risen! He has risen indeed!

The finished painting of Resurrection Lilies is quite large – three feet by four feet.  So after intervals of two hours, I would place the unfinished painting on our pellet stove (at the back where the metal stays cool) and walk to the furthest point away, which happens to be our front door, and turn around to look with “fresh” eyes at the canvas.  I had to do this to gain perspective.  Working up close, I could zero in on the detail.  But to get the big picture I had to stand back – and quite often.  Getting off-course early on could result in disaster if I didn’t take time for mid-course corrections.

In the book of Jeremiah we read where the people of Israel were often implored by the Lord to return to their place of obedience and focus on the Lord.  There were many “mid-course corrections.”  Unfortunately, the people would often go way down the road against the will of their maker causing the corrections to be quite severe.  What is true for them is true for us – we tend to wander off.  We do well to check our perspective often.

God is always desiring to draw us to Himself.  It is our place of safety, security, joy and peace – but it is so human, so ‘natural’ to drift away from all the good He has planned in our lives.  Our vision is so limited, and we are enchanted by shiny things that vie for our attention.

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “Long ago the Lord said to Israel:  “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.  With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

When we stand back and get the big picture it is quite obvious that the best case scenario for our lives is to be in close fellowship with our Maker.  He never stops pursuing us and truly in His presence is our greatest joy.

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