Part of the Bigger Picture

May be an image of flower, grass and nature

A tourist has claimed the ninth sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year: ‘Colin Veacock scanned the water with his binoculars and said he spotted something around 2ft high and up to 12ft long.’ Apparently Gary Campbell is the ‘keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register….

The experience was that Colin saw Nessie! The bigger picture questions whether she really exists…

A couple of days ago I visited Darren. Darren’s in his late 50s and lives in a care home a few miles away. His news was that ‘Elvis came yesterday’. Now that Covid restrictions are easing ‘Elvis’ is able to come and sing old, well-known songs in a gazebo outside…

The experience was that Elvis visited! The bigger picture suggests perhaps it wasn’t really ‘the’ Elvis. (Darren said that he’s really called Barry Tone?!)

Today we’re going to Hayley and Jason’s wedding. There will be focus on today – the wedding day has to be memorable… but the marriage vows are a commitment for a lifetime. What happens today is just part of the big picture of their whole of lives.

Kim’s in hospital today hoping and praying that her treatment is successful. It’s just part of the bigger picture of her health and wellbeing in the rest of her life.

Peter is anxious about his son Kevin today. Stepping back it’s in the context of Kevin’s whole life and future.

This morning I’m musing on: ‘You whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth, Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he. I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you.’ (Isaiah 46:3-4)

I’m musing that faith is about today’s details and concerns for Hayley, Jason, Kim and Peter … but it’s lived out in the bigger picture of a God who plans, sees and cares for the whole life…

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