"Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every moment of my heart and soul and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I'm about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins." -Psalms 117:1-7 (TPT)
A lot of times our problems in life look ginormous. Right?
You just found out you’re not going to get into the school you had always banked on. You find out that you’re unexpectedly pregnant. That guy you thought you were going to marry just broke up with you. Big problems.
But if we really take a step back, we are able to get a new look at things.
Think about your favorite movie. I’ll give an example of one of my favorite movies (actually one of my guilty pleasure movies) that most of us secretly love. If you have not seen the Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (the one with Miley Cyrus), go watch it now and come back and read this after.
If you’re anything like me and you’ve watched the same movie at least 412 times, you know just what to expect. During the Last Song (spoiler alert, last warning), I know that Will’s best friend, Scott, was the one who caught the town church on fire.
I also know that the town had blamed Ronnie’s dad (due to the fact he was the last one in the church that night and looked guilty by association) by calling him an arsonist and talking negatively about him every chance that they had.
I know that Will was trying everything he could to get Scott to come clean about it to the police to clear Ronnie’s dad’s name, but he can’t ever fully convince him.
AND I also know that EVENTUALLY, Scott does decide to listen to Will and come clean. When he finally does, they go to Ronnie’s house to tell her dad what Scott had done, first before going to law enforcement.
However, after hearing everything they had to say, Ronnie’s dad tells them not to go to the police. Ronnie walks in and hears the very last part of the conversation and has a major freak out scene where she ends everything and walks away hurt.
Meanwhile, Will didn’t do anything wrong. He was the good guy in this story. Will knows that, Ronnie’s dad knows that, and the viewers know that, but Ronnie can only see a small part of the story.
How many times do we overreact like that? How many times is God sitting up in heaven telling us we’re overreacting, but we chose to block his comments out?
Think about this, God has seen our lives (our own personal movies) a billion times! He wrote them! Every minuscule detail of them. He’s already designed the outfit I’ll wear in tomorrow’s scene and He’s already seen what hairstyle I’ll have on my wedding day; He has no doubt in his mind about what will happen next.He's already designed the outfit I'll wear in tomorrow's scene and He's already seen what hairstyle I'll have on my wedding day; He has no doubt in his mind about what will happen next. Click To Tweet
Just like when we watch a movie for the thousandth time and we get upset with the character because they are overreacting when they could live happily ever after, God is asking us why we can’t just trust that He knows what’s going to happen next. God asks us to trust Him.
If God has seen each scene of our lives more times than we’ve watched our favorite movies (and that’s a whole lot), we can trust that He knows how our story unfolds. We can trust that we are exactly where we need to be. We can trust that our HUGE problems (although valid) aren’t that big of a deal in the scheme of things.
So let’s take a step back. Let’s get the viewer’s perspective on our movie.