I recently asked my counselor in training students to pray for me. We were working on developing their prophetic voice and their overall general ability to hear the voice of the Lord. As they began to pray, one of the students saw me on a high suspension bridge. There was a beautiful forest of trees just on the other side of the bridge and it appeared to be where I was focused on heading. I could also see the forest she was speaking of as we prayed, but she had the ability to see the sunlight beyond the trees. I could not. I was hesitant about moving through the forest. That reminded me of the saying, “You cannot see the forest for the trees.” To say the idiom cannot see the forest for the trees means that a person or organization cannot see the big picture because the focus is too much on the details.
I have had quite a few changes over the last few weeks and it’s causing me to focus on the individual trees too much instead of the big picture. I need to refocus on the beauty of the entire forest (or the end result) of where all of these changes will take us as a family. Dr. Caroline Leaf quotes something in her one book that has helped to keep me focused this week. She states, “You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life, or you can be energized by the possibilities they bring.”
As I devote these next few weeks to working with a loved one to help her get back on track, getting my girl re-established at school and welcoming an exchange student into our home for the school year, I have a choice. I can be overwhelmed with the what ifs, or I can be energized by the possibilities that this new season brings.
We have a lot on our street that was just cleared of trees for the purpose of building a home. As I ran past that property today, I noticed that I could see all the way though to the other neighborhood adjoining ours. It reminded me that as I focus on one day at a time keeping my eye on the prize, before long I will see clearly how God used these things to strengthen my walk with Him and the walk of those around me involved in this process.