In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths” -Proverbs 3:5-6
Take a look at this picture. What do you see? Ugly, dead tree branches? A barren tree in winter? With no lush green leaves sprouting from it, it isn’t much to look at.
But what if I show you the whole picture? What do you see now? Yes the tree is weathered and worn but can you see the beauty and uniqueness in that? It is still standing firm in its foundation. The ocean at its base makes for a beautiful scene. The wind, salt water and erosion have taken their toll, but through it all, it still stands.
Many times we go through beaten and battered times in our lives. We wonder why and often question God’s motives. But we are only seeing a tiny part of the picture. Like the first photo, we see something ordinary and not so amazing. But if we “zoom out” and see the bigger picture as God does we can see that there is more to our struggles than we imagine and that we can persevere by trusting in God and knowing that His picture for our lives contains much more than we can comprehend.
Don’t look at the ugly parts (the dead tree branches) of your life and forget to focus on what God has in store. Look at the whole picture and see the beauty in the fight.