Recently, I came across one of those photos that many of you have probably seen as well. It’s an image of a colorful landscape that has a blue dot in the center of the picture. Beneath that image, there is another that is almost identical; with the only differences being there is no blue dot and the image itself is dull with no color. The instructions say to stare at the blue dot of the first picture for, something like 30 seconds. Then, after doing so, you are to turn your focus to the dull image. If you’ve followed the instructions correctly, the dull image magically begins to appears to have the same exact colors as the vivid one. But, slowly the color disappears and you have to go back and focus on the blue dot all over again if you want to see the dull turn to bright. It hit me today how very similar that is to our walk with the Lord. Like the blue dot, if we keep our focus on Him, we can fully see all that is good vividly and in all its colorful splendor. At the same time we are able to look at the darkness of this world and add a color of hope to it all. But, when our focus waivers we can no longer do either of those things. We begin to lose sight of all that is good and lose hope for all that is dark to be redeemed. We must keep our focus on Him in tact. It is the only true, long-term way to experience all that He has done; is doing; and will do. He is the Lord of color; of light; of hope and in Him is our only hope to be freed of the dullness and darkness that exists in our lives and in this world.
As this year comes to an end, and as I acknowledge the shaky ground I have been on since my mother passed away in August 2016, one of my resolutions for the new year is to redirect my focus; placing it on the Lord first – not second; third;…or last as has been the case more times than not. If you find yourself in the same boat; my hope is that you will be able to re-focus as well.
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.