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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Takes your eyes off the big picture and discover moments at hand

by Kevin Scott Collier
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My son, Jarod, asked to go see the new film version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth." So, my wife, son and I went. It was in 3-D, and a load of fun.

On the way to the theater, I asked Jarod why he hadn't seen his best friend Connor in a few days. He wasn't sure. They had had a whirlwind stretch of togetherness, then days without as much as a single phone call. Jarod pondered this, and said, "I'll get in touch with him soon."

We entered the dark theater when the commercials were engaged. Our trio felt our way upward to seats higher up and planted ourselves anticipating action and adventure. We were not disappointed. With 3-D glasses on, we ducked as as sorts of objects and creatures flew over our heads. But the biggest surprise was when the movie was over. The lights went up, and the people in directly in front of us stood up.

It was Connor, his older brother and their parents.

We all gasped and broke out into laughter.

None of us had known the other party was directly seated in front or behind. Connor, in fact, was the head seated right in front of Jarod during the entire film. My son never knew his best friend was mere inches away. Jarod could have grabbed him during any point of the film and sent him reeling.

Before I went to sleep that night, I began thinking about how often someone or something is directly in front of us but we can't see it. Be it God, an opportunity, or even love. It's right in front of us, and we miss it.

I know why.

We expect to see only one thing, thus, we do. Our focus on "the big picture" can be a distraction to life. Sometimes, "the big picture" gets in the way of what we can put our hands on now. When you spend most of your time only looking ahead, you will miss what you can touch today.

So relax about the future. Take your eyes off the road ahead and discover a wonderful moment at hand.


Journeybooks said...

Amen, Kevin. I believe it is life's little moments that are the joys amidst life's sorrows!
Jennifer Porter

Jean Matthew Hall said...

The future doesn't belong to us, you know. It belongs to God. He owns it. He's in charge of it. He orchestrates it.

We just need to trust Him to do that.


Donna J. Shepherd said...

We travel through life one breath at a time, don't we? Too bad we're focusing on the future so much sometimes that we don't enjoy today. Good post.