Fix my eyes on what? Fix my eyes on who? Maybe I just need to fix my eyes. I think I have lived in a rose colored world until recently. Do you know what I mean? A world that is good.
Maybe it is my personality, or as they say, the way I am wired, whatever it is I don’t see the world bad or awful, I don’t see doom and gloom.
Today I am seeing a new color maybe blue would describe it best, a blue world. I actually have shed some tears today, a very unusual thing for me to do, I’m not a tearful person. Oh don’t get me wrong, I can cry at a baptism even if I don’t know the person. I can cry at a wedding when I see the father and the bride walk down the aisle, or when I leave family and know it will be a long time until I see them again. But I don’t cry over most things.
Here is the story, I no longer care that the purse is still at the store, that purse seems pretty shallow right now. I see trouble, trouble everywhere. My friend who is going through a nasty divorce married 30 years–he found someone else. My friend who has the beginning of Alzheimer’s. My friend who even in her 60’s cries because she never had a baby to hold in her arms. My friend who had a skiing accident and can’t walk, or even turn over in bed. I just learned that my friend in Texas passed away after a long battle with cancer.
When I think about all of the tragedies I wonder what makes this world so desirable. And yet we are stuck here until Jesus comes. This morning I was reading in Hebrews, my mind was wondering as usual, when I read the following verses. Hebrews 12: 1-3 Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
So my friend, fix your eyes on Jesus it’s really the only answer.