Monday, May 27, 2013

Contentment with Limited Perspective?

How does it make you feel when you know you can't see the whole, big picture? Being "limited" is a bad thing, right? I can only make an informed decision if I have all the facts! But we cannot possess all the information that exists. We may think we know it all, but our minds are distinctly finite.

Open Sails on the Sound

These limited perspectives were photographed through the stationary binoculars at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
Far-off Bridge

Top o' the Mountain

More of the Mountain

Although the size of the viewing field is small, the magnification is great -- better than my camera's zoom, and much better than the naked eye.

Across the top quarter of this photo, you can see a portion of the Narrows Bridge. That's a good ten miles from where I stood.

And then there's Mount Rainier. Here you see part of the summit. Distance, about 40 miles as the crow flies.

This pic of The Mountain reminds me of photos taken from the windows of spacecraft, looking back at Earth.

I had fun playing with my toys, both in shooting these photos and cropping them later. Taking advantage of limited perspective, if you will. The narrow view (no pun intended) lends itself to a different kind of contemplation. Maybe it's good to be reminded of our limitations.

Paul noted something like this --

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.

One day, we will know all about everything. One day, we will understand. One day, all will be revealed. Until then, I can trust God who fully knows, completely understands, and whose will is being accomplished. He's looking out for my very best interests, and He sees the minute details as well as the really big picture.

"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

We don't get it all now, but it's okay. Might as well make the most of this and enjoy what we've got!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

John 16:12

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now."

Has the time come? How can you know? It was said that Jesus would return like a thief in the night. What does that mean to you?

God gave us each faith, and reason.