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Take A Step Back

This weekend my wife and I went to the art museum in Chicago. I’m not exactly what you would call an artsy person. Don’t get me wrong, I like art, but it is difficult for me to spend hours at an art museum.

My wife on the other hand loves going to art museums. It is one of her favorite things to do. She loves looking at all of the different types of art. She could spend an entire day at the museum.

Part of the reason she loves art is because she took classes in high school. We have different art pieces she created around our apartment. I, on the other hand, took one art class in high school. On one of my midterms I got a 9%. Art just isn’t my thing.

Every time I’ve gone to an art museum it has been difficult for me to understand the meaning behind a piece of art, but my wife takes it all in. She is able to see all the details and can look at some exhibits for hours.

I knew we were going to be at the museum for awhile so I decided to try to understand her love for art. I quickly realized when I look at art I focus in on one aspect of the painting. I’m always looking at whatever is at the center of the piece. The problem with this is, often times, there are so many other things going on in the painting besides what is in the focal point. What I started to do is to take a step back. I needed to see the whole painting. I needed to take everything in and see what was happening in the full painting.

Once I was able to do this I quickly realized why my wife loves art so much. It’s because of all the details. There are so many different things going on in one painting. Without taking this step back I miss the best parts of the paintings, I missed the details.

In my own life, when I’m facing something difficult I have tunnel vision. I can’t see anything else going on around me. I think to myself, “I can’t see what God is doing”. I think about the situation like I used to look at art. I only look at the main focal point. All I can see is the difficulty and it isn’t getting better, so I came to the conclusion that God wasn’t there.

I need to take a step back. I need to look at all the details. Taking in everything happening in my life. When I learn to do this I begin to see God is at work. I see how He helped me through a specific situation or through a difficult conversation. I still have difficulties, but I can see God isn’t stagnant. He isn’t staying put. God is moving and flowing through every moment.    

In order to see what God is doing you need to step back. When we can take this step back we will see God has been with us the whole time.

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