Something woke me up earlier than usual the other morning. It caused me to look out my window. What I saw inspired me to want a couple of photos of it. Please understand, I could barely keep my eyes open; I was still tired. So, I just stuck my phone around the shade and tapped the button a couple of times. I fell back to sleep and forgot about the photos.
A few days passed before I came across the photos again. At first, I couldn’t remember taking them. When it finally dawned on me (pun intended) when I had taken them, I saw something more than just the pics. I saw a reality of one of God’s truths: our focus makes a difference.
I call this first pic “In Focus”. In it, we can see the sunrise with very little distraction. This is a picture of keeping our focus on what it’s supposed to be on (again, pun intended). For me, it’s a reminder to keep my eyes fixed, or focused, on Jesus Christ. When I’m focused on Him and His purpose, I see everything more clearly. I don’t notice distractions. I see His beauty and His glory, and I’m overwhelmed by His peace and joy. Things are in their rightful place when He is in focus.
Peter walks on water when Christ is the focus.
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29)
I call the second pic “Out of Focus” (pretty creative, huh?). In it, we can see the screen on the window and not much else. The screen is actually in pretty good focus, but the sunrise is blurry. Obviously, the sunrise is what I wanted to see and memorialize, not the screen. So, the subject of my photo is out of focus. This reminds me of when I focus on everything else but the Lord. When I do that, He becomes hard to see. I start to miss His beauty and glory, and I get overwhelmed by my fear and anxiety.
Peter starts to sink when the wind is the focus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:30-31)
There’s a great quote from Bruce Lee in the movie Enter the Dragon. It fits here quite nicely, I think.
Don’t think, feel…It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory!
Lord, I don’t want to miss Your heavenly glory. But when I do take my eyes off You, thank You for being there to catch me when I cry out.