“The eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive, focused on God], your whole body also is full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But when it is bad [spiritually blind], your body also is full of darkness [devoid of God’s word]” (Luke 11:34, AMP).
Yesterday morning, Ester was making breakfast for her little sister. As I came into the kitchen to thank her for doing so, she paused. A smile lit up her eyes as she shared, “Lily was making a huge deal out of being worried about an ant. She put her face right up next to it and was exclaiming about it. I remarked to her, ‘Well yeah, if you focus on it like that, you make your problem look way bigger than it is.’” Ester concluded, “Immediately, Holy Spirit said to me, ‘Exactly.’”
Daddy God set Ester up for that moment. She has been facing some challenges lately that sometimes seem overwhelming. He gave her a wonderful, living picture to start out her day right. Through Lily and an ant, He reminded her of a vitally important lesson on focus. That is, that zeroing in on our difficulties causes them to grow larger in our perception!
As our verse for today states, our eyes need to instead be focused on God. They are like a lamp that provides light to our whole being… if we point them in the right direction: His direction. The next verse goes on to add, “Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness” (v. 25). In other words, we have responsibility in this matter. We can and should train our focus on the One who holds our lives in His loving, infinitely powerful hands.
What are we going to focus on today? The way we direct our focus will determine how much light we enjoy. Do our problems currently look larger than life? If so, is it possible that we need to shift our focus off of them and onto Jesus? Is it possible than when we do so, we will find that they are only ant-sized after all?
What have you found is the best way to re-direct your focus to the Lord when problems seem overwhelming?