The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture


Two adult cyclists came towards me. I heard a high-pitched voice. It wasn’t either cyclist. As they passed I saw a small but vocal boy on a seat behind ‘Dad’.

He had been obscured from my view. I hadn’t seen the whole picture.

I met Matthew for the first time. He had fallen off his moped into the path of an oncoming car. He was in a coma for 8 days. When he regained consciousness he was told he might never walk or speak again.

He was grateful for his accident. Without it he wouldn’t have met his wife; they wouldn’t have had their son.

I mused on: ‘(God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’

Everyday life is busy and messy. There is a bigger picture that we cannot always see or understand.

Nick, the funeral director, described the impact of social distancing on his job and the sadness of conducting funerals with the current restrictions.

He described how his faith helps him in conversations with the bereaved. He is sure that God is there with him even in the saddest times.

David, the hospital chaplain, wrote: ‘I stepped into bay 6, feeling the same fear in my gut that I felt the first time I entered a room with sick patients… I struck up a conversation with the patient in bed 1… about normal everyday things like the weather and hobbies…

All he knew, with his catalogue of suffering and recent hospital visits, was that his life was in serious danger… I asked if he had a faith. I was surprised when he started to cry. “No,” he said.

“God is just as present there after all,” I thought.’

Ref: Ecclesiastes 3:11

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