Sometimes it can be a struggle to see the whole picture, can’t it. It seems like we won’t get a clear view of things. Maybe it’s of life in general, maybe it’s of a very specific part of life, but it feels like we just aren’t getting the full view. I’ve just been reading ‘the Job paradox’, one of the chapters in Krish Kandiah’s excellent Paradoxology. Krish writes this:
We are like caterpillars crawling across a cinema screen, so close to the picture that we cannot come close to seeing the design that God is working out on the grand canvas of history
Take this for example. It’s not a very striking image. The dark bit in the middle is an interesting kind of shape, perhaps, but it’s not exactly going to hold your interest for hours. It’s the kind of thing that you can look at and still not really see anything. It’s even a little bit blurry. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a black shape on lighter shades of background. Perhaps you can see that it’s been carefully crafted (it’s about the size of a thumbnail in real life) and so that hints that it’s part of a bigger piece of work. But you can’t see what.
And sometimes life can be a bit like that. The bit that we can see just doesn’t make sense. It might be unpleasant, or even just plain dull. But whatever it is, it’s like we’re missing something. Maybe we can even see glimpses of crafting from our current viewpoint. But we can’t see the full picture.
So that dark squiggly bit of paper; what is it? Well, it’s part of a bigger picture.
Really quite a stunning piece of art, in fact. (Produced by one of our wonderfully talented girls.) But you can only fully appreciate it when you see the big picture. Only when you see in full do you really see the work of the artist.
Paul talks along these lines in 1 Corinthians 13. Many people are familiar with the first section: “Love is patient, love is kind…” and so on. But Paul looks ahead to a time when he will know fully.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
The veil will one day be lifted, and we will see the work of the Artist.