Do you like: looking at the big picture, learning the bottom line of story, spontaneously picking-up and going; or seeing the minutia, the details of the rainbow changing from one color to the next?
During employment interviews the question of whether I was a detail or big picture kind of gal was asked. My answer: both.
Why both? I have learned to see the bigger picture and then dig down into the details to get the job done. Think of it this way, seeing the picture on the puzzle box drew me in, then seeing the number of pieces to the puzzle did not deter me, and then doing the puzzle, piece by piece until completed gave me great satisfaction!
Here is a big picture with some details sprinkled in for good measure; not too many, mind you, as I do not want to loose the big picture people!
Last week while a co-worker drove me to work, we were happily chatting, almost to our destination when we saw a car pulled into the median with a ‘donut’ or spare tire lying near a flat tire. Neither of us said a thing to the other about what we saw, then as I was thinking of asking if we could turn around, my friend was turning around!
As it turns out, our damsel was about 4.5 feet tall, sweet and spoke a language neither of us did!!! I found out that my friend had never changed a tire in her life. I had, but not a tire with a more modern hubcap. After quickly surmising that neither of us had the tools to properly change her tire, another motorist stopped behind our vehicle and asked how he can assist.
Jeremiah listened and retrieved the tools needed to change the tire. About that time, a State Trooper rode up on his motorcycle asking after us. Once he found out the circumstance, he said, “I will stay here and put my blue lights on.” He stood watch over the four of us. I spoke with Jeremiah as he worked, finding out that he held a full-time job and was an EMT on the side! He was very kind as he listened to me trying to speak with our motorist. That is when Jeremiah began speaking to our new friend in her own language!! He had told us that his mother spoke the same language. Jeremiah continued until the job was complete. We all shook hands and thanked him and the State Trooper before going our separate ways.
My friend later said how funny it was to watch Jeremiah continue to pull large tools out of his small vehicle. After asking God to give us help for this stranded woman, Jeremiah pulls up and had the correct size floor jack to properly lift the vehicle; tools to loosen and tighten the lug nuts; and, of course the air compressor to fill the donut to the proper capacity. Then he spoke a language that our stranded friend understood. When Jeremiah spoke to her, visible relief showed on her face which my friend noticed. If all of that wasn’t enough, we had a State Trooper come up to literally watch over us!
In Ephesian 1 & 3 we read that Paul prayed that as Believers in Jesus, the Christ, our hearts would be spiritually awakened or aware of God and his power. We need eyes to see all the lavishly loving details that God orchestrated and still orchestrates moment by moment. The average person would have written off our story as a series of coincidences, yet I chose to see this for what it it was and is, a series of answers to our prayers. We were willing to assist this woman and asked for assistance to know what to do. After realizing we needed more tools, we prayed again for God to help us. A pretty generic, all-encompassing prayer. What did He do, he not only sent someone who could assist, God sent a gentleman who had all the tools and spoke in the correct language to soothe our friend, He also sent a sentinel to watch over us!
Paul also tells of God’s power which raised Jesus from the dead and that same power is given to us as Believers/Followers. He prays that our faith enable us to know the depth, breadth, length of God’s love for us through the Holy Spirit. Paul prays that the spiritual eyes of our hearts will know, through the Holy Spirit’s given wisdom and revelation, the hope to which we have been called. This Hope is Jesus. Jesus is our Hope, simply because of the power that God exerted to raise His Son from the dead, after having died because of my sin and your sin. Without Jesus there is NO Hope. No hope that someone will come along for an expatriate to assist with a flat tire; no hope for a family who lost their home to a fire; no hope for the jobless and homeless; no hope for a woman who lost her sons and husband; no hope for a family without income; no hope for someone with a terminal disease; no hope after loosing a loved one; no hope for the heart broken. We are told that God’s same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that is at work within us as Believers. No matter where this finds you, know that God is able; this is the best hope of all; He was able to raise Christ and He did, for you.
As we enter into these next days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and sweetly, Resurrection Day, let us hold fast to the details. Jesus knew every detail that he would have to endure and he willingly walked that road, hung on the cross and died. He did as his Father asked of him. After dying, Jesus followed his Father’s will again as God raised him from the grave.
What details have you seen? What details have you missed? Ask Him to show you!
I pray God will open your spiritual hearts, minds and eyes to fully recognize all that He has done, is doing and will do.
In Paul’s words in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”