The Forest For the Trees

“The man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like walking trees.’ Then Jesus laid His hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (Mark 8:24-25)

Have you ever known someone to “miss the forest for the trees?” This curious expression implies that someone is totally oblivious to whatever is truly the heart of a matter, yet quite concerned about some other, insignificant detail. They are “majoring in the minors,” as it were.

Imagine a traveler’s car has broken down, but instead of considering the smoke coming out from under the hood, he busily begins cleaning the seats!

Or consider a football team who hasn’t won a game all season fretting over their uniforms!

People can get so caught up with insignificant or minor details that they completely miss the big picture.

The seats may need cleaning, but without a working motor, the car’s not going anywhere.

And perhaps the jerseys are hideous and could do with some improvements. But merely changing the uniforms will not substitute for the hard work and dedication it takes to create a winning game plan.

In order to make repairs, you have to know what needs to be fixed.

That is what Jesus does so well: He gets to the heart of the matter.

Namely, our sin.

Jesus intently looks into your soul and immediately He has your diagnosis: “It’s terminal. If you don’t do something about this sin – and soon – it will kill you.”

Thankfully, He also provides the prescription: “Believe in Me and accept my sacrifice and you will have eternal life.”

Only when we look upon Jesus and accept His love will we truly see the world for what it is. Once the blur of insignificant issues fades away, everything else becomes clear.

“I once was blind, but now I see!”