Watching a baseball game on television isn’t totally satisfying because we don’t get to see all of the game. Mostly we get to watch the pitcher and the batter. There is so much more going on. The fielders are changing positions depending on who is batting. The base runners are leading off. The coaches are rubbing their noses and tipping their caps. Watching the game on TV is like watching the game with tunnel vision.
This is pretty much how we live our lives. We only see what is going on in front of our noses. But there is so much more going on around us. Rarely do we get to see the personal affect we have on others. We are discussed in committees and in people’s homes and we are not privy. Our actions create reactions and we rarely get to see what happens. We don’t see the angels that come and go because of our activities. Psalm 91 promises “No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.”
Just like watching the baseball game with tunnel vision so we live our lives seeing just a small portion of the pain and pleasure, happiness and disappointments we leave in our wake. Some of us think we are independent and pride ourselves on our self-initiative. If we could see the whole picture we would most likely fear to do or say anything. It is so important for us to ask God to guide our paths and speech so we can make the world a better place.
Written by Roger Bothwell on March 18, 2015
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