above the fence. Now the boy could see the ‘big picture.’ As he gazed from one end of the street to the other, his heart celebrated. The animals were more beautiful than he had ever imagined.
(Big Picture People Overcoming a Knothole View of Life by Doug Carter)
“There once was a young boy who dreamed of the day when he could see circus animals on parade. One day he learned that a circus train would stop in a nearby town and that the animals would walk down Main Street to the large tent. After walking miles, he discovered the streets were so crowded that there was no place to get a good view. The only place to stand was along a tall wood fence bordering the street. His dream of seeing exotic jungle beasts evaporated. He found a small hole - only to be overcome with further disappointment. Through the knothole he could see only the legs of giraffes, zebras, and elephants. He dropped his head and began the long walk home. A man standing nearby observed his dilemma and made his way to the boy, placed his hands under the boy's arms, and lifted him
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phil. 4:8
Wow! What a difference! How desperately we need to see the big picture! Too often we live with a "knothole perspective" of God and His plan. We focus on uncomfortable changes, or the stresses of not being in control, and we miss the big picture of what God is doing! We miss the beauty of God’s work. We miss the greatness of our God, the vastness of His resources, the depth of His love, and the wisdom of His plan. When two came for baptism Sunday, did you celebrate God’s work in our church family or were you looking through the knothole of church starting 30 minutes earlier this Sunday? Or the knothole of “How many inserts do we need in the bulletin?” Are you looking through a knothole...or are you seeing all the abundance that surrounds you!!!!
"Your attitude is either your best friend or your worst enemy, your greatest asset or your greatest enemy." John Maxwell