There are two types of people who grew up in the 1990s.
Those who will freely admit they spent hours in a mall somewhere trying to see the sailboat, or schooner if you’re a punk kid, jump out of a 3D picture and…liars.
I’m pretty sure there was about a five year window where you couldn’t go into a mall in America without running into a wall, kiosk, or even store covered with those gems.
It was a great time for browsing, but a poor time for shopping, which is likely why the 3D picture soon joined the Treasure Trolls and the Talkboy among the dinosaurs of ’90s products.
I mean, are you really going to hang something in your house that 95 percent of the time just looks like a pair of Sinbad’s pants?
The trick to getting the most out of a 3D picture was of course to unfocus your eyes. If you got locked in on one detail, which was super easy to do, you were miserable and would likely snap on the first young child who zipped by and taunted you with the image his or her unfocused eyes received. Brenda?
Sometimes life feels a lot like one of those 3D pictures.
It’s easy to get super focused on the details. The pressing work deadlines, the laundry that needs to be done, or the kids that need to be picked up from the latest youth group outing.
It’s not that those things aren’t important, they are and they need to be done, especially that last one. (Side note: do every youth minister and volunteer a favor and swear to yourself you’ll never become “disaster always strikes at the same time the church van pulls in” parent. It will make everyone’s lives better.)
It’s not that the details are bad, it’s just that when we stayed locked in on them too long it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.
Sometimes in order to see the big picture in life, we need to unfocus for a while. We need to take some time to purposefully ignore all the little details, sit back, and let life’s big picture jump out at us.
I think that’s the skinny on Psalm 46:10 where it says to “be still, and know that I am God.”
Now we don’t have to spend all day unfocused, sitting on a bench at the mall. I mean, you can do that if you want, just know at some point a high school kid is going to try to either buy or sell you pot.
But I think it’s good to take a few minutes, or even seconds, each day to simply unfocus, be still, and let God and the world he created jump out at us.
Hopefully doing this will give us the perspective we need to more easily deal with the little things when it’s time to go back to looking at them.
And it also might help you feel better about not seeing that sailboat.