"Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith . . . " Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB).
“What was that flash?” I looked around, but I didn’t see anything.
Then it happened again.
that?” I still didn’t see anything. I refocused my attention,
“I’m trying to read my Bible!” I read some more, but it happened
again. Only this time, the flashing was persistent. “What in the
world is going on?” I looked around the room. Nothing. Then
I glanced out the window and discovered the neighbor across the
street had put a large metallic pinwheel in his yard. Because it was a
windy, sunny day, it shone and flashed in a strobe-like effect,
directly into our front window, disturbing my quiet-time!
I guess I’m easily distracted. But as I continued reading, trying to
ignore my keen peripheral vision, it reminded me of a spiritual truth,
that is, how easily I can become distracted by “shiny things” in
my life - some good, some not-so-good – and take my eyes off of
Jesus as a result. Can you relate? When I was younger, I suppose the
shiny new things that tended to distract me were mostly external, such
as the getting of things and of having relationships: a house, a new
car, finding a husband, having children, etc. And of course then the
daily concerns of raising those children and maintaining a healthy
relationship with them and my husband.
But now that I’m older, more
often than not, it’s not things that distract me; it’s worry. I
worry about the health of my husband, Bob, he has a traumatic brain
injury. I worry about my health; what if I get sick, who will take
care of Bob? I worry about my adult children’s faith. I worry about
our medical bills. I worry about my work. I worry about the future. I
worry that I worry too much!
Yes, I know the Scripture, “Do not
worry; be anxious for nothing.” I believe it! I teach it! Yet I find
my spiritual peripheral vision is distracted. Like Peter, who walked
on water, and then sank when he took his eyes off Jesus, I often find
myself in the same boat, or as it were, out of the boat and under
So as that pinwheel spun and flashed in my window, I prayed once again
for God to refocus my attention and help me look to him; to cast my
cares on him, to trust him to be in control (clearly that is my
problem, wanting to control things that are out of my control!). I
want to once again fix my eyes
on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrew 12:2).
Get The Be-Attitudes
book study by Sarah Keith
a beautiful promise! Jesus has written my story; he is in the process
of perfecting me! I am so grateful that the Lord doesn’t count my
sins against me. I am so privileged to have the Scriptures to guide
me, and to be reminded that Jesus doesn’t give up on me!
Dear God, help me
to trust you, and to keep my eyes on you, so as not to be distracted by
shiny new things (or worries). Lord, I welcome you to accomplish your
purpose in and through my life. Amen.
If you can relate
to this devotional, or want to add to the discussion, I look forward to
reading your comments, below.
Copyright 2016 Sarah A. Keith
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