Of Near- and Farsightedness… and the Big Picture

This week my world was covered in rime ice. For several nights in a row, fog settled in the area and transformed woods, fields, back yards and gardens. Every stalk and blade, every dried up leaf and branch and needle was enveloped by spiky, yet delicate, frozen water droplets. Each morning, I awoke to new beauty. Perfect temperatures and moisture in the air provided an opportunity for every weed to shine. When I went out into the woods, I didn’t know where to look and was overwhelmed by creation. Should I move in close and marvel at every little ice crystal or step back and gaze at the entire countryside spread out so peacefully before me?

I often find myself in this quandary. I am overwhelmed by the heaviness of a situation in my life. I get so nearsighted. A quarrel consumes my thoughts and keeps me up at night. My thoughts are fed from what seems like an unseen source and corner my emotions. The sickness of loved ones, financial burdens and news of death consume me. Political upheaval and a difficulty of discerning the onslaught of information, have me wrapped up, often making me cold and unkind. From here it seems impossible to be farsighted.

As much as I hate to admit it, without God, I only play a very tiny part in the big picture. Like a vapor, an ice crystal, I am vulnerable to even the slightest wind. If I look too long at all that goes on around me, I have to agree with the Preacher in Ecclesiastes and have to draw the conclusion that everything is meaningless, only a vapor.



But, as a Christian, I am to look to Jesus Christ. He is the One who gives my life its meaning. He is worthy of my attention and affection. He sets me in the right place, sometimes in a situation I am eager to escape.
He draws my gaze to the bigger picture, namely that a world without Him is lost.
In Him, with the power of the Holy Spirit, I am able to become farsighted, pursue the good despite the trial.
I am able to speak to the God of Universe, and despite my surroundings can see Him work.


He gives wisdom to those who ask
He pours awareness of His presence into the heart of the seeker
He helps the weary to see His beauty
He shows the repentant soul His forgiveness.

(Dedicated to Mary Sweeney, a woman who preached about marriage without a single word and taught me more about what it means to be a Godly wife than a pile of marriage books. “Thank you, friend. Through your grace and selflessness, you help me see the big picture!”)

23 responses to “Of Near- and Farsightedness… and the Big Picture”

  1. Lovely photos! “He helps the weary to see His beauty.” This really spoke to me today. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn, for taking the time to read and comment!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful, Heidi. You really are one of my very writers. I wish I could hear my steps in the crunch of your photos. God’s grip – Alan

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    1. You know what Alan, I just sat down with the heaviest heart about my insecurities about writing … your encouragement was (ultimately) from the Holy Spirit. THANK YOU.

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  3. Your description of nearsightedness expresses well how I feel so often: “My thoughts are fed from what seems like an unseen source and corner my emotions. The sickness of loved ones, financial burdens and news of death consume me. Political upheaval and a difficulty of discerning the onslaught of information, have me wrapped up, often making me cold and unkind”. This is the human condition that we find ourselves in. But God…He has provided the means to gain hope through His provision in Christ- giving us the eternal perspective. Thanks for your right on target words and pictures and taking time to share them . I appreciate you sister in Christ!!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen, for taking the time to read and comment. Yes… BUT God. Our only Hope is in Him … on our own, without the help of the Holy Spirit, we cannot have the right perspective. Hugs to you, sister!

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  4. Your photos remind me of that snowflake quote: “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together” (Unknown). The same holds true for ice crystals, as your photos prove. These stunning views of transformed landscapes provide a picture of God’s transforming work as we His children stick together in work, prayer, testimony, and attitude. Our individual influence is magnified when joined together in unified effort. Now more than ever is the time!

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    1. YES, Nancy! It’s the single snowflakes which make an avalanche, the individual raindrops a hurricane, the lonely notes a symphony, and each person the Imago Dei.
      Too much to comprehend… Yes, united we display the love of God. Thank you, friend. You always make me think even deeper.

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  5. Beautiful Heidi. Thank you!

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    1. Beautiful God, Sarah. You are welcome, my dear friend!

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  6. So true Heidi that in such difficult and frightening times it’s easy to become near sighted and fail to see the bigger picture. Thanks for this timely article. It was a big encouragement today!!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. Knowing you were blessed is a blessing to me.

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  7. Beautiful post Heidi (including the pictures)! You’re not alone in your thoughts and we all are much more susceptible to the waves around us than we think we are. The marvel of our own realizations about ourselves is that God cares for us deeply, which still has a tendency to leave me speechless. And when all is said and done, Jesus personifies how much God cares and that is a whole bunch. Blessings!

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    1. It truly is mind bogging to think about the Love of God for humanity … even so much so that He allowed His Son to die for us… knowing we couldn’t figure it out on our own. Thanks, Brother

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  8. This is wonderful, Heidi. Your thoughts. Your pictures. Just wonderful.

    “As much as I hate to admit it, without God, I only play a very tiny part in the big picture. Like a vapor, an ice crystal, I am vulnerable to even the slightest wind.” ~ Right!

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    1. We are such a tiny part of the big picture … yet large enough for Him to send His Son. What love! Know you are loved, dear sister!!!

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      1. Your words made me think of a song: ‘Amazing love, how can it be — that You, my King, should die for me? Amazing love, I know it’s true — and it’s my joy to honor You!’

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  9. Beautiful pictures and wonderful thoughts for me today. Thank you, Heidi! God Bless.

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    1. Thanks for reading, David… stay steadfast in Hope and Love… in talking about repentance, His love and sacrifice for us … Blessings!

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