For several months now I have had a dripping kitchen tap. Patiently I have waited for my overly busy husband to make some time to sort it out, or at the very least get someone to fix it. With this not being forthcoming, I graciously asked him to see if he could find a plumber to sort it for me, as I was beginning to get quite frustrated by it. By the end of the week he had told me that he had found someone to come and look at it, and also look at the damaged roof in our kitchen extension which had been leaking when it rained. To my utter disappointment the roof was successfully repaired, but the dripping tap remained the same, because as my husband informed me, ‘it wasn’t the workman’s area of expertise.’ Well you can imagine, I was not overly pleased as for several weeks following the problem remained unchanged.
All of a sudden the more the tap dripped the more it sounded like waves crashing up against a rock – in my mind’s eye I had magnified the sound. As my frustration began to calmly boil I sensed the Lord saying to me ‘take in the bigger picture’. You see when it rained, the water would seep into the kitchen from the leaking roof, and more recently had caused some damage to the lights and electric sockets. When I began to contemplate the extent of the problem with the roof, I could see in reality, this was the greater issue. So OK, the dripping tap was annoying, but it wasn’t a hazard or danger when compared to the extensive damage a leaking roof could have caused. This lesson showed me that how we deal with life’s problems is all down to perspective: when we limit our perspective, it reduces what we are able to see.
The children of Israel had a similar problem. They had lost focus and had lost sight of God’s overall plan for them. The more they journeyed through the wilderness, the more limited their view became. They had begun to see things with a wrong perspective. As we discover in Exodus chapter 16, it was not long before they were casting blame onto Moses and Aaron for their misfortune: ‘…you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ (v3). In the discomfort of their desert journey, they had forgotten the ill treatment they had received in Egypt. Because of their immediate need, their view had become limited. They could not see that at their journey’s end there would have been not only food in abundance, but also their freedom.
Seeing things through a magnifying glass expands what we are able to see; it accentuates what we see. Isn’t that how we often view our problems? When we focus on our problem, we begin to magnify it causing us to see our problems bigger than what they actually are! Rather than seeing your problems from a limited viewpoint or magnifying it, take in the panoramic view. When we see things from a panoramic viewpoint, we are able to take in the bigger picture.
So the next time you are faced with an overwhelming problem, take out your camera of faith. Re-adjust the setting of your focus, and take it from the magnifying view to the panoramic setting. Begin to see your problems from a new perspective – God’s perspective – and you will find that your problems will diminish in significance, as you begin to see the hand of God work in and on your circumstances.