Where Do You Focus Your Attention?
We just went through a medical emergency in our family. When that happens, I’m sure you remember the way your whole body goes on alert. All you can think of in the moment is how to best help your loved one. Then, when the emergency passes, you sometimes are left a depressing feeling of “How am I going to cope with the results of this emergency? Life is never going to be the same again!”
Shortly after our medical emergency, I came across 2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” I realized, I was so focused on the problems I was now going to be dealing with that I forgot that whatever happens in this world is temporary. I needed to “fix my gaze on things that cannot be see.” No matter how difficult the circumstances that I see ahead of me, they will eventually be gone. “The things I cannot see will last forever,” says the Scripture.
What is ahead for us if we have put our trust in Jesus? Heaven! All eternity in His presence! No more limitations, no more sadness, no more pain, no more problems that seem to have no answer.
What I am finding is that one day at a time, God is giving me grace for the circumstances I must deal with. His grace comes in one-day packages, not grace for tomorrow or for a week or a month ahead—just enough for one day.
What are you focusing on today? Look to Jesus for today’s grace. And thank Him that Heaven is ahead!