The Proper Focus


One of the most frustrating situations is when your eyesight gets out of focus. For some time, I had been having difficulty seeing out of my bifocals. The sight in my right eye did not match the sight in left eye. When I would look up at a road sign or a projector screen to read the words, I saw two lines, one that slanted up and the other the remained level. The strain on my eyes is probably why I would get tension headaches frequently.

I got so fed up with the problem that I decided to go to an optician and get it checked into. In the meantime, I took a close look in the mirror and noticed my glasses were slightly slanted. I remembered that not long ago I smooshed them against the goggles I was wearing when I was outside doing some weed wacking. I went to wipe the sweat off my brow and accidentally knocked my safety goggles down over my nose taking my eyeglasses with them, almost pulling them off my face. Besides that, the lenses were severely scratched in the process. My glasses were never the same since. Looking back on this incident, I surmized this was why I couldn’t see out of my spectacles very well.

The eye doctor also noticed how my glasses did not appear to fit me correctly so she made a few adjustments. She tightened the arms to fit more securely against my temples, evened out the bridge pads that rest against my nose, and made the rims more even. I tried them on and what a relief! I could see much better. Now I can read the signs and see the screen much more clearly just by making a few simple adjustments. And, I didn’t even have to pay to get it done!

This whole experience leads me to think about how important to have proper focus in our lives, too. There are many Bible verses that speak of eyes in a spiritual sense, and the need to have the proper vision when it comes to the way we handle life’s situations. One verse in particular stands out to me: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector 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,” (Hebrews 12:2, New International Version, NIV).

Sometimes, our lives can get out of focus just like my eyes did when my glasses didn’t fit properly. It’s doesn’t take much to get our sight out of kilter. Something unforseen like a disappointment or failure or even an irresistable temptation can distort our vision and soon we get frustrated. It may not only put a strain on our relationship with others but especially on our relationship with God, too. So, it’s time we take it to the Lord and let him fix it by fixing our eyes on him.

Thankfully, Jesus corrects our spiritual vision when our eyes are focused upon him. “The author and perfector of our faith,” removes the tension to help us see more clearly where we need to go as we observe the signs and scenes along life’s way. The joy he felt inspite of the suffering and shame he endured on the cross gives us the incentive to focus on the joy we can have, as well. For he is now interceding on our behalf in heaven at the right hand of the thone of his Father. He is always there for us, to make things better as we put our trust in him. He brings the right fit when it comes to supplying all our needs.

So, when the concerns of life keep us from seeing clearly as we should and we get all frustrated about it, let him make the adjustments. Go to the One who gives the proper focus. When we fix our eyes upon Jesus we will find relief. Our vision will improve, our faith will be renewed, and our joy will be restored.

Good News to you!

Pastor Michael

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