The Bigger Picture

One of my hobbies is photography. And I take a lot of pictures. I’ve heard that if you want one good picture, you have to take 100 pictures. That’s because it takes a while to get the picture that is “just right.”

Once I get one of these pictures, I like to set it as my phone or computer background so I can see it. And then I see it… a lot. You would think I would be happy to see my favorite picture over and over – the picture that it took creativity, effort, and time to capture. But that usually doesn’t happen. Instead, I find all the mistakes I made - mistakes no one else would even notice!

Right now, we are all seeing the same things and the same people over and over. Friends. Family. Coworkers. The world has forced us to pause a little right now. And that’s made it easy to focus on the imperfections and ignore the bigger picture.

The bigger picture is that there is no picture at all!  We are looking at God’s creation, and it is eternal. God’s creation is much bigger than we will understand. We read about it in Psalm 111:2-3:

“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.”

Also, we need to remember that we are God’s creation. We were perfectly created in His image and have been made to honor Him. In Psalm 97:12 it says:

“Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

In these times, it is easy to focus on the negative… what we don’t have… what we can’t do… what has changed. For one month, I was intentional to always find the positive in any circumstance. I tried to identify five positive things going on currently whenever something negative happened. These positive things can be very basic. And it works! Next time you feel discouraged, give it a try. And remember that God is the Provider of all these positive things.

By Jason Grace


Jason has been a member of Immanuel for 18 years. He serves in many places, including the Deacons, iKids, and Financial Peace University. He has been married for 18 years and has two kids. He is a software engineering manager.

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