Do I Need To See The Whole Picture?



Do you enjoy coloring in coloring books? As a child, I loved getting a new coloring book.  I would flip through the pages and pick out my favorite picture to color.  In the coloring book, sometimes there would be pages with a bunch of dots on it that you connect to complete the picture.  It was exciting to see the picture enfold as I carefully connected each dot to dot.

My life currently looks like a bunch of dots to me.  I can’t see the clear picture.  In fact, it’s pretty vague.  I do get excited when I see the Lord ahead of me leading me from one dot to the next, knowing He has the plan and will fulfill the purposes of my life.  Because I want to have a clear picture before I take the next step, I get frustrated at times.  I think sometimes the reality of life looks just like that from our perspective.  That’s when our faith grows;  where we learn to trust God more.

Psalm 38:7-8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me, your love, O Lord, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Sometimes our perfectionistic expectations,  assumptions, or just our stubborn will, can keep us from taking a step of faith.  We may think we have to get it all together before we come to Jesus.  We’ve got to clean ourselves up before we go to God.  That’s like cleaning your house before a hired maid comes to clean it.  That’s the Lord’s job…He saves us from ourselves.  We acknowledge our need of Him.  Even our acknowledgment of our need for him is His working of the Holy Spirit drawing us to Him.

Psalm 143:8-12 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.   For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes for I am your servant.”

So what are you waiting for before you take a next step?  Let me encourage you to take a step of faith.  Jesus is worthy of our trust!

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