SEE THE BIG PICTURE

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MAY, 2017

FROM THE SUPER INTENDENT
J. MARK JORDAN

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?” (1 Corinthians 2:16, KJV). We live in the Visual Age. If we can’t take a picture or a video of it, it’s like it doesn’t exist or never happened. Cell phone cameras have sent picture-taking to the stratosphere in the last few years. Experts estimate over one trillion photos will be taken this year, dwarfing previous records set by old technologies of Polaroid and plastic film.

New uses of pictures feature “selfies” composite photography,  and identification photos that can scan crowds of people and pick out faces. Video clips have brought giant corporations like United Airlines and American Airlines to their knees. It is not unusual for people to store ten to fifteen thousand pictures on their phones. Many upload their pictures to the Internet where thousands more view them. The new phrase is “it’s gone viral”. One still picture has been viewed more than a billion times!

“One group programmed an Internet robot to cull millions of pictures of Notre Dame Cathedral from cyberspace and compiled them into an incredibly detailed rendition of the famed edifice”

In recent years, genius minds started to speculate about what they could do with the countless images floating in the cyber universe. One group programmed an Internet robot to cull millions of pictures of Notre Dame Cathedral from cyberspace and compiled them into an incrediblely detailed rendition of the famed edifice.

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One tourist or architet could not photograph the whole building, but when combined with thousands of others, the results were stunning. We often complain about spiritually myopic people who are so obsessed with their own lives that they can’t see the big picture.

The truth is all of us suffer from the same condition. Some may see a little more than others, and some may have a different perspective, but none of us can grasp the picture God sees. No one knows the mind of the Lord, and we surely can’t teach Him anything (1 Corinthians 2:16). All of us see life through our own lens. The zoom, wide-angle, and pixel capabilties may vary from person to person, but we still operate within our personal limitations.