“[Jesus] made the things we can see and the things we can’t see…Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:16-17 (NLT)
The golf swing only lasts a few seconds. But think how complicated those few seconds are, and the fact that they determine everything. You can focus on dozens of little pieces if you break the swing down: ball height, grip, grip pressure, club selection, club angle, stance and much more. Often, golfers obsess about one aspect of their swing and work incessantly on it. Where they fail is in not seeing the bigger picture and how that element fits with their overall swing.
Our lives can be like that. We get so focused on our current circumstance that we lose perspective of life. Time passes and we develop tunnel vision. Often we feel trapped and hopeless, like our lives are in a free fall and not connected to anything. We may even blame God for the “mess” we’re in.
What we need is a change of perspective, to stop looking at the parts of our lives and see them in the context of the whole. If our lives are connected to Jesus by faith, then we are connected to the One who holds this crazy world and everything that happens in it—and to us—together! There’s hope in that, knowing that the challenges we face have meaning, and lead to His glory and for our benefit.
Only in hindsight do we see the end result of the segment of life we are dealing with now, but Jesus not only knows in advance, He is holding it together for you and directing it toward His intended goal. Trust in His perspective and not yours.
By Scott Lehman
Scott Lehman is the founder and president of In His Grip, a Christian sports program for men, designed with a vision to provide a first-class golf experience to improve your game on and off the course. This devotional was taken from Sports Spectrum’s latest Training Table, a 13-week devotional published in each print issue. Log in HERE to view the Summer 2015 print issue of Sports Spectrum or access the Summer 2015 Training Table.