Focusing on big picture shows possible obstructions

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist

While driving home from church recently, my co-pilot pointed out the dirty windshield and the torn driver’s side windshield wiper.

When I nonchalantly responded that I’d swap it out with the good one on the passenger side, she looked at me incredulously just in time to see an oncoming car whiz back into its own lane after passing a truck. I was driving down the shoulder because even through a dusty windshield I was focused on things in the distance and their possible impact on our future.

After a period of self-collection, my co-pilot acknowledged that if she’d been wearing her glasses she might’ve been more focused on the approaching situation rather than on a torn wiper blade that might allow a smeared windshield to impede my view when it might rain, sometime.

She declined the offer of my glasses because she knows they’re too strong for her. (Sometimes it’s good that the passengers are oblivious.)

Like Martha, who was missing out on sitting at Jesus’ feet (Luke 10: 38-42; Psalm 27: 4), we often get distracted from the big picture because of minor details and become so busy with the preparations for the big event that we end up missing out on it.

As Martha was missing out on something positive, sometimes we put ourselves in danger because we don’t consider the big picture that includes the future. Additionally, by protecting ourselves only from a single direction, we can leave ourselves defenseless against attack from other directions (Joshua 8: 1-23). Jesus is the only single direction to which we can look and be protected at all sides (Hebrews 12: 2; Psalm 27: 5; Isaiah 52: 12; Psalm 139: 5-10).

In 1 Corinthians 13: 9-12 (KJV), Paul used the analogy of looking through a glass darkly to describe how difficult it was to see all the truth before the scriptures were completed. Even today, with the complete Bible, it’s impossible to know all things, and some things we are to know can be difficult to understand, causing us to draw incorrect conclusions when our study isn’t thorough enough (2 Corinthians 12: 2-4; 2 Peter 3: 16-18; 1 John 3: 2).

That’s why we’re to put into practice what we learn and make study of the word a continuing process (James 1: 22-25; Psalm 1: 1-6; this is something about which to not be oblivious).

I decided it would be best to be able to see through a clear windshield so I bought new wiper blades and windshield washer solution and replaced the torn wiper blade. I’m glad I did because it poured rain as I came home from church last Wednesday.

Wasn’t that great? Keep praying for rain and as you study and put God’s word into practice, he’ll make it more clear to you (Philippians 3: 15, 16).

Whatever you do, beware of looking at God’s word through someone else’s glasses because that’s not his prescription for you.