The Bigger Picture

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To see the bigger picture you need to be at the top and to get to the top you need time to climb.
– Joe Rodriguez

Unlike skyscrapers and high-risers which, by definition, are continuously habitable buildings that are taller than 150 m (492 ft), a lighthouse can be as small as 3 m (11 feet) and as tall as 133 m (436 ft). It just needs to be tall enough or set on a place high enough above water so its light can be seen by mariners to guide them or to warn them of the impending danger.

Unless you are in an all glass windowed ocean front penthouse you won’t be able to appreciate the unobstructed 360° panoramic view you get from a lighthouse. The most breathtaking views of both land and sea together can be easily seen from some of the hundreds of historical lighthouses around the world. These structures, which were built entirely of brick or metal have only a few, if any, small windows for lighting and ventilation purposes. These windows allow just a very limited aerial view, so in order to appreciate the bigger picture, you have to climb to the lantern room located at the very top.

If you haven’t already, one day you may have the opportunity to look out the lantern room of your life and see how God was able to use every situation, both good and bad, to help you mature spiritually. Not that you will ever stop growing, but you’ll be able to see how your attitude, your desires, and your motivations all changed to help you conform more to the image of Christ. Notice that I said “one day.” To get to the lantern room you will have to climb the staircase of life, there is no question about it, and that will definitely take many years. It will also require a lot of sacrifice and perseverance. Plus, it will not happen without you making some mistakes (missteps), and even when you make it to the top the view may not be immediately clear. It may be blurred by the remnants of past storms (trials), but you will get there if it’s God’s will and the clouds will eventually give way to the sun. Then you will be able to give God all the glory for every joyful experience, every successful endeavor, and every battle won. But you will also thank Him for every disappointing moment, every painful trial, and every scar you received as a result of your many falls. For all these things will reveal the “bigger picture” of God’s perfect plan for your life.

So, don’t give up climbing. It will be amazing when you get to the top and see how God brings it all together for His glory and praise. And let the expectancy of reaching the lantern room be your greatest motivation to keep climbing no matter how long it takes, the challenges you face, and the mistakes you make along the way. Just remember that to see the bigger picture you need to be at the top and to get to the top you’ll need time to climb.

Prayer: Patient and loving Father, strengthen my resolve to climb up the ladder of my spiritual journey. Allow me to reach that place where I can look back and thank you for everything, both good and bad. I am encouraged by your word which tells me that all things work for my good according to your purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. 

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. -2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. -Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)
Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. – Psalm 37:24 (ESV)
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will. Isaiah 46:10 (NLT)
 -All Scripture is quoted from the NIV except where specified.
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One thought on “The Bigger Picture”

  1. Yes! It’s amazing how God gives us glimpses of “the bigger picture”, but even then we don’t fully understand because God has infinite wisdom. I am so grateful God has given me you to help me overcome the struggles and storms through out the years. That we have ‘climbed’ together and when I mis-stepped you were there to keep me steady. Love you my sweetheart, keep on writing these beautiful devotions, all the Glory to our Lord. Your wife, who loves you! Mari.

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