Where is My Focus?

There are some days when I find it a lot harder to keep this perspective…because the troubles that I am going through seem like anything but light and momentary!  They are hard pressing, difficult, and seem to drag on and on and on. 

Yet in those moments, I have been learning that – while my Lord isn’t afraid to push me past “myself”…far beyond what I can bear…so that I will learn to trust Him…to lean on Him…to acknowledge Him in all my ways – He is also a gentle and humble teacher (2. Corinthians 1:8, 9 and Matthew 11:28-30).  

Just the other day I was having quite a difficult day…and was struggling to keep my perspective.  The Lord brought 2. Corinthians 1:8, 9 to my mind, which says, “…we were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to bear, so that we despaired of life.  Indeed, we felt we had relieved the sentence of death…”

Ever been there?

I have…those times when the pressure is so great, the strain is too hard…I just feel like I can’t go on.

But there is a reason for it…Paul continues, “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God…”

“Who raises from the dead…”

That day, I spent sometime praying downstairs, and when I came up one of my daughters had painted a picture.  
And I was stopped in my tracks, for I couldn’t believe what she had painted. Her plan had been to paint fish, but she had switched topics.

Instead of fish, she had painted Jesus coming out of the tomb…

Alive!

God was teaching me twice in the same day that…”This happened so that we might rely not on ourselves, but on God…who raises from the dead.”

Isn’t that just like Him to provide what we need when we need it?!!!

Time and again, in the midst of the dark valleys that I sometimes find myself in, God continually is teaching me in little ways to remember who He is…to trust in Him…to focus not on what is seen, but what is unseen.  This doesn’t mean that I ignore my circumstances…I am fully aware of them…but, instead of focusing on them I lift my gaze upwards and remember who God is…that He is able to do all He has promised.  And what may seem impossible for me, is possible for Him.

As I focus on Him and the surety of His presence, His promises and provisions something changes.

Not necessarily my circumstances…

But my perspective:)

And when that happens, my “beyond what I can bare” situation…my “exhausting…seeming to never end” circumstance”…

Becomes light and momentary…

As God reminds me that He is with me, He is my strength, He will provide what I need, and He has a purpose for it all.

In this life and in the one to come.

2. Corinthians 4:17 says, “Formournlight and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all…”

That far outweighs them all!

Something down here that is unbearable…heavy…is actually light and momentary when compared to the eternal (never ending) glory (treasures of heaven far beyond what I can imagine)…

That far outweighs them all:)

Thank-you Father, for Your promises that remain true regardless of circumstances or my wavering heart and perspective.  Help me to not lose heart…to remember who You are – my God who raises from the dead – and that I can trust You.  You are forever faithful and able to do all You have promised.  You renew us inwardly day by day, providing what we need…just when we need it.  Your timing is never too early or too late.  Help me to focus my gaze upward…

And believe.

Amen