Thursday, June 1, 2017

Eyes Fixed

Year 5 - Day 152: Today, I am grateful we can choose where we fix our eyes. 

Flat out truth. The world has troubles. Woes. Big ones. It is a distressing place out there. It moves fast and waits for no one. Only God has the power to manage time, space and place. That is why is is best to set, fix and keep our eyes on Him.

When we look to the world, we can feel lost and insignificant. When we look within ourselves, our failings and shortcomings always seem to be clear in the mirror. 

When we look to God, we see the depths of His love, mercy, justice, patience and kindness... and suddenly, it all seems more manageable, because he is sovereign.  He is enough. 

Corrie ten Boom and her family hid Jews during Hitler's reign. Their story is told in "The Hiding Place". One of the things I loved about Corrie was the depth of her conviction to do the right thing and trust that God would provide for all their needs, and he did. They found the strangest peace and fellowship while suffering in concentration camps. They led others to Christ and we light in the darkest night to those who were hopeless and scared. they were the hands, feet and heart of Jesus. 

"If you look at the world, you will be distressed. 
If you look within, you will be depressed.
If you look at God, you will be at rest."
-Corrie ten Boom

Again.. I am reminded that where we fix our eyes will determine our destination. 

My father-in-law Jake's, driving is legendary amongst the six kids, and he loved a Sunday drive with the family. "Dad would drive where he looked", is how they tell it. 

The Smith family would be motoring along and Jake would see something interesting in the field or landscape. His sight... which wasn't that great to begin with... would become fixed on whatever caught his eye. The car would sort of follow where his eye wandered, until something would set off a sense of alarm and he would set the course right, again. It was kind of an adventure. It was sometimes scary. It is the stuff the kids still talk about when they gather together. 

Good morning, Earworm. He is singing a favorite of mine by For King and Country, "Fix My Eyes" this morning. How I love this song!

It is a great choice to compliment today's gratitude.These lyrics are perfect. 

"Love like I'm not scared. Give when it's not fair. Live life for another. Take time for a brother. Fight for the weak ones. Speak out for freedom. Find faith in the battle. Find faith in the battle. Stand tall but above it all. Fix my eyes."

"I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways." -Psalm 119:15

Fixing our eyes on him... the path is sure and the destination promised. The learning on the journey... and the company... add a richness to the relationship. 

Don't look out. (It's scary out there.) 
Don't look within. (None of us has all the answers.)
Look at Him. (He doesn't just have the answer... He is the answer.)

Today, I am grateful we can choose where we fix our eyes.

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