Big ideas always seem great, until you start looking at the details
Reference: The altar hearth is square, twelve cubits long and twelve cubits wide. (Ezekiel 43:16 NIV)
Explore: I used to work with someone who was a real visionary. He had big ideas with exciting outcomes. My job was to actually make it happen.
Big ideas always seem great, until you start looking at the details. Legalities, practicalities and realities were never in my colleagues scope, and there were times when I had to talk him down from his sky high vision.
When talking to my boss, I spoke about always feeling like the downer. I brought reality to big ideas and, while I worked hard to bring ideas to life, there were times when I had to bring to light how unachievable an idea was.
Thankfully, my boss appreciated my perspective. While I had to keep the details in check, it was important to know whether something was going to be able to happen.
Application: The great thing about God is that He is the ultimate visionary, and yet, He had a hand in the details too. Just look at how ants build their nest and you will see how important God views the tiny details.
It was the same when he spoke to Ezekiel the prophet. He gave him the big picture of what was to come, but He also pointed out the details in the temple.
Often we ask God for the big picture of our lives, but maybe it’s time we started asking Him for clarity in the details. Every part of our lives is important to Him.
Prayer: Lord, details are important. Help us to bring You into our big picture as well as all our smaller details. Amen.
What details do you need to invite God to be a part of?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.