Monday Apr 30 2012
A Word to the Wise: Step back and see God's big plan
By: Tom Rupp, Special to the Telegraph
Have you ever checked out Google Earth? It is so cool. You can zoom out to a view of earth from space, and then zoom in as far as you want to, even to the house where you live or the one where you were born. I had a great time zooming in to see my old elementary school, all of the houses I have lived in, the churches where I served and so on. It was a near spiritual experience to zoom out away from one place and then zoom back in to see another place. To me it made the earth seem more like one big home for us all. It is good to zoom out once in a while and see the big picture. For Christians, reading the Bible the same way holds true. We need to occasionally catch God?s big plan. In Ephesians 1:10, Paul reveals it ? ?And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ ? everything in heaven and on earth.? He reiterates it in 3:6 of the same book. Augustine long ago asserted, ?Thou (God) hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.? Blaise Pascal elaborated on this thought and said ?there is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.? Elsewhere in Philippians 2:9 and 10 Paul envisions a future when ?at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.? However, we can also agree with Hebrews 2:8 when it says, ?we have not yet seen all things put under their authority,? or, as the New International version puts it, ?Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.? That is God?s big plan. Tennyson ends his poem ?In Memoriam? by referring to ?one far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves.? In this he captures something of this same thought. The Bible, like Google Earth, helps us to step back from time to time and catch an encouraging vision of what God has done as well as what God is yet to do. Reach Tom Rupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.