Text: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Sometimes in life it is really hard to keep the big picture in mind-especially when going through hard and difficult times. This truth applies to all of us regardless of our age. Take for instance Joe Jonas posters. Now, if you don’t know who Joe Jonas is, let me help you here. Joe Jonas is the number one heart throb for young girls in the age range of seven to eleven. So, when you’re seven or eleven or somewhere in between and a hot new poster of Joe Jonas comes out and you don’t have it, it really doesn’t matter if you already have fifty posters of Joe Jonas plastering your bedroom wall; what you focus on is that you don’t have the newest and latest one. And in that moment, when you realize that you’re not going to get the newest and latest poster of your childhood heart throb, no matter how many you already have, the big picture is lost on you. If you’re a bit older, the scenario might go something like this. You just received your report card. Anxiously, you go down the list: A in English, A in History, A in Science, B in Health, B in Spanish, and a D in chemistry. If you are anything like me, it’s really hard to see the three As and two Bs with that D staring you in the face. It’s really hard to see the big picture-that in five out of six areas you excelled. This inability to see the bigger picture at times is true as well for those of us who are older-maybe even more so. We find ourselves going through a hard time-the loss of a job, a downward turn in our finances, a health crisis, relationship struggles, identity crisis-and all we can see is what we don’t have, what’s not there, what we haven’t done, how we have failed, and who we’re not. It’s hard, just plain hard in such times, to see the larger, more complete picture; the one that captures the fuller image of what we do have, where we’ve been, what good we’ve accomplished, how we have survived, that we have survived, the parts of who we are that are good, competent, and worthy of blessing. It’s human nature that in the middle of hard, difficult, and challenging times, it’s not easy to see the big picture. But there is one, and sometimes our faith-or even having faith-is about trusting that we are not any one single part of our story; but that we are all the parts of our story bound together. And sometimes, what we most need in life is to be reminded that there is, indeed, a bigger picture.