God’s Panoramic Camera

lost in desert

After a long day at work when my brain’s too fried to think about anything significant, it’s nice to sit down and watch a good movie.  Though a heart-warming, family-oriented chick flick would rank as my favorite, in the right mood, something with some adventure and excitement is appealing.  You know the type.  The climax isn’t a couple’s first kiss or a child’s adoption into a loving family.  Nope, it’s more like a hero risking his life for his comrades, or a couple struggling for survival in the great unknown.  Now those kinds of stories will get your heart pumping and your adrenaline going!  It’s excitement that gives us a thrill.

Back to our own personal lives, though, we would really prefer everything to stay even-keeled and happy.  No heart pounding climaxes, please!  But like it or not, we all face a crisis of some sort that sends us into the great, vast unknown.  Something that requires some faith and perseverance.

Ever seen one of those movies where the main character is lost somewhere in the desert and it looks like no one is around for miles?  Thirst kicks in, the legs go weak, and it’s all they can do to stumble across the vast nothingness.  From their point of view it looks hopeless.  But from the camera’s point of view that all the movie watchers see, it is anything but hopeless.  The panoramic view, oblivious to the character below, reveals a lush oasis on the other side of the hill.  As the hiker slowly sinks to the earth with the last of his strength, the viewers jump to their feet and cry, “No!  Don’t stop!  Just one more step!”

That’s God in our lives.  He’s the camera man in the plane above, sweeping the scene with his wide panoramic viewer, totally aware of everything that’s going on.  Though we don’t see exactly where the next step is taking us, He’s cheering us on with Hebrews 6:10-12:  “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

This verse is all about perseverance – “continued patient effort and persistence.” It’s not easy to keep the legs going when the heat’s beating down and our tongue is sticking to the roof of our mouths from a lack of water. But despite all the symptoms, there’s far more going on than we can see.  The grace of God has created an “oasis,” or promise, for us just a few steps ahead.  He wants us to get there more than we do!  But it takes giving up the sluggish movements of a quitter, and putting on the determination of perseverance.  Like Galatians 6:9 says, “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  Don’t stop walking!  God’s got your destination in view!

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