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I had been wearing eye glasses for several years in order to read more easily. The words began to get too small and quite frankly my arms too short πŸ™‚ Then I began to notice things were not so clear off in the distance any longer. For a girl who prided herself on being able to read small print and see things far off in the distance, this was most difficult.

The eye doctor suggested bi-focals and it seemed like a good idea at the time, so I had them made up for me. They worked beautifully while I was in the doctor’s office as they had me try to read both near and in the distance. But then I got home.

For days, I felt nauseous. At times, even a feeling of motion sickness would take me over. It was then I discovered the problem – my head was bobbing up and down in an effort to gain its focus. In other words, I wasn’t using the bifocals correctly nor making the adjustment. A trip back to the eye doctor was warranted as I went to ask for help.

The doctor quickly assessed my problem and said: “Your eyes can only focus on one thing at a time.” She went on to explain I was moving my head up and down in an attempt to take in everything at the same time. She suggested mono-vision contacts to make life, and seeing, a whole lot more comfortable for me. My problem was solved.

I notice I try to do this with situations in my life as well. My focus strays. I look at circumstances from the human, everyday perspective and become overwhelmed or worried or panicky. But then I lift my eyes above the circumstances, remembering where my help comes from and suddenly gain a much clearer perspective. But then I go back to looking at my situation. And then, I look up again.

I remember the words of my eye doctor: “Your eyes can only focus on one thing at a time.”

I must train my eyes to regain perspective:

  • “My eyes are always on the Lord.” (Psalm 25:15,  NLT)
  • “I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven. We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy.” (Psalm 123:1-2, NLT)
  • “So we don’t look at the troubles we see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT)
  • We run our race … “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2, NLT)

That word “fix” means  “to direct steadily, uninterrupted (dictionary.com).

And so I’m learning when hard times come – and they will, and they do – I keep my eyes looking upward. Mono vision. A singular gaze.

My eyes can only focus on One.

And my heart remains in peace.

 

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