In English, the following is a well-known saying: “Can’t see the forest for the trees.”

In many ways, this is my life’s idiom.

I’m a details person. I love, and thrive off of, the minutiae.

This is both a blessing and a curse. The ability to hone in has tremendous benefits; however, this tunnel vision can also be crippling. I often miss the major point or the overall gist because I’m too preoccupied with the details.

I recently had brunch with a friend during which we chatted about my obstructed vision regarding a recent incident. In response, she shared the following:

“Sometimes we only see in single picture frames. Our vision is limited, and thus, we often only see a snapshot of our lives. However, God sees in collages.”

I often forget that God is a big-picture person, and that his long-sightedness protects us from our short-sightedness.

When we’re in life’s darkroom, we may not see anything but incompatible film snippets; however, God takes these disparate strips and forms a congruous panorama.

He sees the whole picture. He created it. And, he acts in our lives to reveal his portrait, especially when we’re stuck in our myopia.

For this, I’m thankful.