I don’t know how you look at things but since the occurrence of the COVID 19 pandemic, governments around the world have been scrutinising the effects of the virus in two main ways. The Epidemiologists look at the ‘big picture’ and try to analyse what segments of the population are being infected and how they cope with the effects of the virus. They look at global trends and develop often complex algo-rhythms to try to predict how the virus is transmitted and will behave in the future. It is a bit like a man in a balloon looking at the world through a telescope!
In contrast to this approach, the immunologists and molecular biologists look at what is happening inside a body cell when it is infected by the virus and try to work out how to boost the body’s defence mechanisms. In this case, the picture is of a scientist inside a cell looking at its DNA and “inner workings.”
Sometimes our own vision can be restricted in the sense that we are so pre-occupied with ourselves that we do not really appreciate what is going on around us. On the other hand, we may be so concerned by the “big picture” that we do not see the needs of folks in our immediate environment. These two defects in vision can be a problem for individual Christians, churches and denominations!
But God sees both the world’s big picture and also knows each one of us in the minutest detail. The Psalmists put it like this “The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the earth and all who live on it are his” (Psalm 24: 1 GNB). “Lord you have examined me, and you know me. You know everything that I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts” (Psalm 139:1 GNB).
If only we could look at things from God’s perspective then we could speak into our current situation seeing the ‘big picture’ but also understand how individual folks are grappling with the ravages of ill health and economic hardship as a result of COVID 19.
There is an old chorus that goes:
“Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee
Ready, my God, thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!
Let us make this our prayer for the days ahead!