Big Picture - Ps Graeme Leske

1st September 2020

“So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.”  

Joshua 3:14-16 (NKJV)

Chris loves doing jigsaw puzzles. In fact the only type she will do these days are ‘Wasgij’ puzzles, which is the word ‘jigsaw’ spelt backwards. The idea of the puzzle is that the characters you see on the box are not the picture you put together.  The completed puzzle is what the characters on the box can see, i.e., what you would see looking out from the picture on the box. However, what that means is you do not know what picture or scene you are constructing - apart from some small clues - until you start putting the pieces together. I am sure the Israelites were a bit uncertain about what the future was going to look like as they prepared to cross the Jordan.  They did have some understanding that it was a land of promise and that it was going to be a blessing, but the finer details would come later. It was not until they stepped out in obedience that they began to get a picture of what was to come, beginning with the miracle of crossing the Jordan on dry land. The point is - they would never have seen the big picture if they had chosen to not take those first steps into a flooded river. As Christians we do not have the privilege of seeing exactly what our future looks like.  The Word of God reveals promises to us, even prophecies can give some clues, but we will not see the bigger picture until we trust and take the necessary steps of obedience. As a 'Wasgij' puzzle starts to come together, glimpses of the picture begin to become clearer and eventually the whole scene is realised. In your life there may be some obscure 'pieces' that don’t appear to make sense, but as you continue to walk in obedience, trust God to gradually bring your 'picture' into perspective. “…And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me…” (Psalm 139:16 NKJV)

He already knows what the picture looks like.

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