I sat with a friend during her last chemo treatment a few days ago.
She’s been through the ringer these past few months. Between a difficult pregnancy, a very premature delivery, a sick newborn, a cancer diagnosis and other assorted health issues… she has every reason to be in a fetal position on the floor.
But she’s not.
She would have good reason to be suffering from clinical depression or dealing with anger issues. It would make sense for her marriage of one year to be falling apart. No one would blame her if she became bitter and closed off.
But that’s not how she’s dealt with it.
Instead, my friend has handled things with an amazing amount of grace. She has cried and laughed. She has openly shared her journey so people know how to pray for her. She’s accepted help from others, something that can be very hard to do.
She’s been an example of someone who is living her faith out loud.
- When others might have taken their eyes off of God to look at their circumstances, she kept hers focused on His truths.
- When others might have hung their head in defeat, she lifted her face towards her Deliverer.
- When others might have turned their back on God in anger, she turned towards Him with open arms.
She had Tunnel Vision faith.
In the thick of her struggles, all she could see was… Him.
She didn’t look at the difficult circumstances all around her. Instead, she fixed her eyes on God.
I want to be more like that.
Sure, I trust God… a lot even. I lean on Him when things get tough. I know His plans for me are always good. I really do trust God in my journey.
But not all the time. Not consistently. Not always immediately.
Sometimes I stare right at my circumstances rather than looking at the only One who can save me.
How about you?
Deuteronomy 5:32 says “So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.”
Simply put: God tells you to trust Him in your journey, keeping your focus only on Him.
And when you do, you’ll have Tunnel Vision faith.
Because in the midst of your struggles, all you will see… is Him.
Lord, help me trust You when my troubles threaten to overtake me. Remind me that my job is to keep my eyes on you, God, and not my trials and tribulations. Today, I am choosing to believe that You are who You say You are… and You will do what You say You’ll do. Amen.