The old expression is that you can't see the forest for the trees. It indicates how we can become so focused on minute details that we are unable to see the big picture of what God is doing. We also find that we can't accomplish great things because we neglect to see how the daily small things are building up for the future. Taking a step back will give us a greater perspective on our part in God's grand design. It should encourage and motivate us to keep moving forward.