Bigger Picture

My sweet girlies,

Picture this…You are driving to meet a friend for dinner.  Along the way, your friend calls and says, “Be careful, there is an accident ahead of you.”  You can’t see the road ahead, but your friend was already there and had seen it and warned you.  You got a chance to switch lanes and avoid the accident traffic ahead.

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Imagine if all of life was like that.

Before bed, I was reading from:

2 Samuel 16:5-14 (NIV)

Shimei Curses David

As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”  10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”  11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”  13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. 14 The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.

I started thinking about how David was trying to see the bigger picture.  He was not mad at Shimei for pelting him with stones and dirt, because he believed that Lord had told Shimei to do it.  He was trying to see the bigger picture.  He was trying to see it from God’s point of view.

If we could actually see ahead, down the road of life, we might change lanes, BUT what if we were meant to get stuck in that traffic.  What if the troubles we are going through now, are to HELP us?

We can’t see the future.  God can.  He’s trying to “steer” you down the paths that He has planned for you.  Sometimes He brings bad things into your life to help you and take you down a different road.  The next time you are going through something that seems like “it’s the end of the world”, try looking at it like David did.  Try imaging that this is happening for a reason and TRUST the One who can see your future!

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