There’s always a bigger, better, brighter picture and perspective, isn’t there? Or is it just my optimistic nature? No, in reality faith helps me to believe that, even in the face of sorrow and sadness, there is always a wider context and higher viewpoint hidden by one’s face being rubbed in muck or squished against a wall. Via the internet, ‘Google Earth’ incredibly gives views from ground level to outer space. Timed right you can see the burger on your garden bar b q and then zoom out to see your shire and continent; with magnifying glass, eagle eye and satellite sight, you can see for miles and inches. But without the will and necessary medium (e.g. computer, mobile phone or tablet) these are views you’ll never see.
Understandably in the middle of tragedy, heartache and pain, people often express bitterness to (if he exists) and blame God for the mess they’re in. Grief can do that, rub your face in the rough, raw reality of loss. What time, loving care from others and faith in a God who passionately loves you, can do is help you trust that there is a purpose, plan and higher perspective we can’t quite see yet. Trust in God’s providential care allows one to live with mess and mystery.
Last week I had the privilege of speaking such words of encouragement into the wedding of dear friends Alan Bruce & Linda Godfrey. There have been bleak and black times in their respective lives when all seemed lost, but their meeting, romance and marriage commitment have allowed them both to find a bigger and brighter picture of life. And yet, my word for them was that, in the midst of such JOY, there is yet still a ‘Bigger Picture’ and ‘Higher Perspective’ that their marriage points us to.
In the Bible’s last chapter we glimpse a heavenly perspective on history heading for the wedding of all time, between God’s People (The Bride) and Christ (The Groom),
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
As the late great David Watson wrote in his book ‘Fear No Evil’, as he died of cancer,
“The Best is Yet to Be!”
By Faith, there’s always a Bigger, Better, Brighter Picture, however obscured our vision might be. I pray that you’ll be able to trust God it’s true.