The Big Picture – #2

Earlier this week, my wife and I sat down to watch a movie with my sister, Naomi, and her husband, Drew.

They had just moved in to their new apartment, and we decided to try out their new TV. But something strange happened when we started the movie.

The picture was really clear.

But not just HD clear. We’re talking ridiculous levels of clarity. It looked like Will Smith was about to pop out of the screen, which is more frightening than you may think. And suddenly everything in the picture was very noticeable: the people walking and talking in the background, Kevin James’ skin tag on the right side of his face, etc.

There was another problem. Everything in the shot was so clear that it actually took our focus off what we were supposed to be paying attention to in that particular scene.

It got me thinking. Maybe next time I complain to God about how I wish I could see the big picture like He can, I should remember that seeing everything at once isn’t necessarily easier.

Maybe I should remember that God is sparing me from the big picture to keep me focused on the task at hand.

Maybe I should remember that only He has the eyes and attention span to be able to handle that kind of detail.

And maybe I should remember to never use the Smooth Motion setting on a VIZIO TV again. But that’s a less important lesson.

About the Author

Nathan Zacharias

Nathan is video producer/editor for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Growing up, he always had a passion for media, and he believes in its ability to shape a culture. A good word, a good image or good music can help people think, feel and change. Though he’s spent most of his years in Atlanta, he’s also lived in Colorado Springs and New York City. He and his wife, Sarah, married in 2011, and they are expecting their first child (a baby girl!) in June 2013. They live in Atlanta with their dog, Belle.