There are two amazing tools that scientists use, but each for a very different purpose. With a microscope one can look at very small objects and make them appear to be very big. Something as small as a germ can look like a monster when viewed through a microscope. In contrast, with a telescope one can look at very large objects (which are miles and miles away) and they will appear in a "manageable" size for us to examine. Through a telescope we can look at the moon as easily as if we were holding a 4 x 6 photo. In simple terms: with a microscope small items can look big and with a telescope large items can look small. So when it comes to your problems, through which scope are you peering?
Important decisions come at all stages of life; this is especially true of spiritual decisions. We were reminded of this as our 2020 was launched with the baptism of our grandson, Sam. He had mentioned, to his parents, in November that he wanted to be baptized. After several conversations, with both parents and Pastor Keith, it was decided that his baptism would occur during morning worship, the first Sunday of the new year. He was surrounded by his family (parents, grandparents, aunt, and brother), the children of the church and a host of church friends. Pastor Keith read about the significance of baptism, asked him some personal questions, and then lowered him down and up from the water. Though he is only 7 years old, Sam had made a decision that we wanted to follow Jesus...
As my son, John, approached his 16th birthday, he was actively shopping for his first vehicle. One day a friend of his called him and said, "Hey, you've got to take a look at this 1966 Ford truck. It doesn't run, but it can be fixed up and you can get it for a steal." The next day John and his friend (who happened to be his former grade school principle) came home towing "Old Red." It needed paint; it needed repairs to the engine; it needed repairs to the bed; but together John and Mr. Flurry worked on this old truck. Then one day, John came running into the house shouting, "It's running! It's running!" Though it still needed a lot of work, together they had got the truck running. But that was only the beginning. Over the years, as time and money have allowed, John has continued to repair, fix-up and restore that truck. John is now in his 30's and "Old Red" is still a work in progress...
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.