“You just can’t see the forest through the trees.” This has been one of my favorite things to preach to people when coaching the mysterious ways of marketing and business development. I consistently teach people how to set up long term goals and how to assemble an action plan to get you to where you want to go. I am often telling people that they need to take an aerial view of their business or situation, and not get discouraged by every little detail. “You have to see the big picture,” I say.
Well, for some reason I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Do we really want to see the forest? Life has been a crazy ride for me the past few months, and there have been numerous forks in the road and decisions to be made. I see trees everywhere. Now this is a difficult thing for a guy who is a big picture person. I want to know what the forest looks like. Or do I?
Looking back on my life to this point I can see God’s hand in every step. How one job led to another. How one friendship led to life long relationship. The rearview mirror is pretty incredible, and it is really easy to see how blessed it all is. That being said, if God would have showed me the forest some 15 years ago, I think I would have freaked out. Seriously. It is a HUGE forest. How frustrating would it be to see tree after tree, and go “God, give me some clarity” and be shown that your life is all made of trees. “The Forest goes on forever, son. Have fun.”
I think God wants us to see trees. I think he wants us to really look at each tree, and not wonder what the forest looks like. The forest is just life. It would be overwhelming to know what the rest of our lives look like. Who we will meet, how and when we will die. What accomplishments and hardships lie ahead.
Give me the trees.
My wife and I visited the redwoods a few years ago. I will never forget the winter day hiking together in the President’s forest at Sequoia National Park. We saw the trees. We were amazed by the trees. God’s creation crafted over centuries. And you know what we did? We looked up. We looked up to the sky and saw the tops of those trees towering overhead. We saw the sky above and the sun shining its light down on us. In this moment, we were both overwhelmed with the sheer power of our creator. There were no worries. All is well.
It is all about faith. Next time you worry about the forest, take a second to look at the trees. Appreciate where you are right now. And then do me a favor and look up to the sky to see how close our creator is. Thank him for the blessings.
Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”