“She can’t see the forest for the trees.”
Have you ever heard this phrase? It’s basically a way of saying that someone is so busy looking at the details or what’s directly in front of them, they don’t see the big picture.
This phrase is helpful in describing how we are to hold to an eternal perspective. Think of it this way: the trees represent what happens in our daily lives while the forest represents an eternal perspective.
Often times, we get so caught up in seeing only the trees. We remain focused on our daily to-do list, we worry about hard situations, and we stay fearful of the future.
I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have some focus on the trees, but when it’s the only thing we see, we miss how God is working.
Holding to an eternal perspective means you believe
and trust in God and what He is doing.
Holding to an eternal perspective means you believe and trust in God and what He is doing. You view the events of your life and this world in light of what God tells us. So, when trouble befalls you, you look to God and what He says.
- When you encounter death in this world, you can remember that those in the Lord will be reunited again.
- When sin seems to be winning in this world, you can remember that God has the ultimate victory and will bring His kingdom to earth.
- When pain engulfs your heart, you can remember that God will use the comfort you received from Him to help others encountering similar pain.
- When world events make you fearful, you can remember that God is still in control and remains on His throne.
The truth about holding an eternal perspective is that it provides stability, peace and hope. Living in view of eternity reminds us that we have a future to look forward to; this world is not the end of the story. We have a coming kingdom that will be perfect, holy and all together wonderful.
Friend, our world is such a broken place. Everywhere you look there is hurt, pain and despair. But take a minute to look up from the trees, look at the forest. Look for the work that God is doing, hope in the promises He has made, and the peace of God will be your comfort in the midst of trying times.