like going on trips. My husband likes buying things. This past June I
went on a writers retreat and came home to a new Sony LED 46” flat
panel television with a Blu-ray player.
It’s pretty amazing considering
we had an old tube-in-a-box TV. Analog. How twentieth century. The
Blu-ray connects to Netflix and Amazon, so movie night is literally the
push of a button.
And as a bonus, the Blu-ray came
with a set of Michael Jackson videos. (Hee, hee.) I’m in the midst of
learning the Thriller dance, but don’t expect big things when you see
me at conference.
Anyway, the first Monday morning
after television purchasing, I wandered half asleep to my office for a
day of writing and stopped cold.
New TV. Big screen.
Modern technology. I ran for my MacBook, hooked it to the TV,
and wheeled out my desk chair. Voila! The living room became my office.
And I have a 46” monitor.
One of my writer friends laughed
at me. “Are your words six inches tall?”
Not quite. But I do have a
bigger view of things. The screen real estate gives me options to view
multiple programs. I can zoom in 200 percent and still have a whole
page on the screen.
I love this bigger view.
Ever been to the top of a
mountain? Climbed a fire tower? As your gaze stretches over the valley,
the world becomes clearer. Smaller. Obtainable.
Most of our lives are lived in
the weeds. You know, the day-to-day of work, school, kids, ministry,
cooking, cleaning, yard work, laundry, you name it. Drama. No drama.
We wonder if there’s life above
the weeds, up in the trees. Is there a higher perch that lets us see
the end of the mundane? Is there a bend in the road?
We want a bigger view.
God’s Word gives everything we
need. Even the lyrical and metaphorical books like Daniel, Song of
Solomon, and Revelation give us the big beautiful view of God’s love
for us, His plan for His bride, the church, and a global revival at the
end of this age.
He’s not afraid to let us hook
up a 46” monitor to His heart to obtain a wider, clearer look. We
just have to realize His willing heart. And humbly seek Him.
A pastor-friend of mine had
three dreams over three consecutive nights. In each dream, he was
robbed of the treasure God had given him.
The first dream he hesitated to
kill his assailant. Drawing his gun, he paused, and his enemy killed
The second night, he dreamed his
assailant robbed him, but my friend was unprepared. He had to do the
old pointing-finger-in-the-coat-pocket to fake a gun. In the end, his
treasure was stolen because he couldn’t defend what was his.
The third night, my friend
dreamed he was being robbed again. He pulled his weapon, fired without
hesitation, and deposited the treasure God had given him.
In the first dream, he
In the second dream, he was
In the third dream, he fought
for and protected what was his.
the end of the dream series, my friend had a much bigger view of what
God was doing in his life and where he was falling short.
Ah, don’t you love a treetops?
God speaks to us in many ways.
By His Word. Jesus is the Word made flesh. He’s given us everything we
need to live a godly life. The Lord speaks to us through wise counsel.
He speaks to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He speaks through dreams.
“He who has an ear, let Him
To be honest, I didn’t want a
new TV. We don’t have cable or Dish. We use the TV only for movies. And
now a computer monitor. My twentieth-century television was good
enough. Until it died.
Too often we are satisfied with
last year’s model of Christianity, of our immature way of hearing God.
We’re okay with our decade-old place in God. We don’t mind living in
last century’s spiritual insight or knowledge. We shrug and confess
that we “just don’t hear God speak” to us like some people. And we’re
satisfied with that confession.
Beloved, we need a new view. A
bigger view. As time moves on, God is bringing the world stage to His
own dramatic ending. Will we be around to see it? I don’t know, but we
should live every day wanting, yearning for the latest “technology” and
reward in God.
Let’s update our spiritual
hunger and thirst to the latest and newest God has for us.
Hopefully, we can handle and
understand wisdom in this decade we couldn’t in the last.
Are you struggling? Ask God for
a bigger view. I bet He gives it to you. In fact, I know He will.
He’s willing. He’s able (Ps.
Don’t be satisfied with an Atari
when you could have a Wii.