I accidentally dropped the belt to my jacket in the toilet at work yesterday. Joel’s car was in the shop, my head was throbbing, and a difficult conversation from the evening before was still very fresh on my mind. It was a struggle to stay focussed and productive amidst all of the distractions pulling for my attention. I am not very good at compartmentalizing my life. If one thing starts to unravel relationally, professionally, or personally, you can be sure it will be felt everywhere else, too.
I guess that’s why my Bible reading this morning hit me in such a profound way.
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4
It is so easy to lose focus. We can start the day off on the right foot (hopefully), and then the kids start to squabble, or there’s an unflattering e-mail waiting for us at work, or we trip and fall as we’re trying to get out the door. Those seemingly insignificant things that pop up can play a very significant role in how the rest of our day goes. I don’t know about you, but when I find myself sinking further and further into life’s unforgiving mess, my focus quickly moves from God to me.
This verse in Psalms is a wonderful reminder to look to God, and then keep on looking to Him. When I spill coffee on my white pants, keep looking to God. When I’m stuck in traffic and I have to get Sydney to ballet, keep looking to God. When the pantry is bare and I need to get dinner on the table, keep looking to God. These temporary challenges are not the end of the world. It’s just life. Sure, there are frustrations, but in light of the big picture, they are really nothing but small speed bumps along the way.
I am challenged today to seek his face always…to keep my focus on what is eternal…hopeful…true.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2,3
Remember the Author. Remember the cross. Remember the joy.
He did it all, so that we would not grow weary and lose heart…
But we must keep looking to Jesus.