Focusing on the Lord

When I was in my early twenties, I decided to order a pair of glasses to wear instead of my contacts so I went to a well-known eye care place. Soon after wearing the spectacles rather than my contacts, I began to experience headaches on a regular basis. At that time, my future husband and his mother recommended their optometrist. I took their advice, went to see the doctor, and told him my story. Without hesitation, he said, “Tena, your brain is confused.”

I thought, “Oh! Man! Don’t tell my family that!”

He proceeded, “No, no. Let me explain. Your right eye sees perfectly with 20/20 vision. Your left eye does not. In order to help you see better, you have a very thick lens like a magnifying glass. With this large lens, it allows you to see better, but it also enlarges and magnifies everything. Therefore, your brain is receiving two different pictures to choose from, the correct one with your right eye and the exaggerated view with your left eye, and it is confused. That is why you are getting your headaches.”

“What is the solution?” I asked desperately.

He said, “You need to go back to wearing a contact in that eye. The closer the lens is to the eye, the less it will enlarge the images you see. You also do not need to wear a contact in your right eye because with that eye, you have 20/20 vision. For the next two decades, I wore one contact in my left eye and did not have any more headaches.

This experience reminded me of the ten spies who came back from the Promised Land with a negative report. When twelve spies came back after forty days of spying, ten of them acknowledged the abundance of produce such as the figs, pomegranates, and grapes, found in the land, but they focused on the giants. When they mentioned the giants, they said, “All the people that we saw in it are of great height.” This simply was not accurate. Some of the men were large in size but not all of them. Like the ten spies, we don’t always see accurately. The fear in the hearts of these ten men caused them to exaggerate the situation. Fear causes us to exaggerate and distort the opposition.

Caleb had just said, “We are well able to overcome it.” The ten spies disagree and say, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”

God’s people were supposed to be in awe of the Lord, who had recently parted the Red Sea for them and brought them to safety. Instead, they feared the people of the land.

Did the spies really seem like grasshoppers to the Anakim? How did they know what the Anakim were thinking? Did they ask them? Of course not, they were terrified.

Are you focusing on the giants, your circumstances or yourself? Do you say I’m just a grasshopper, a weakling? Do you often say this situation and the people against me are overwhelming?

Problems seem larger than God. Exaggerations of our problems lead to distortions, and we view our problems making them larger than they really are. The truth is that God’s promises and His presence are bigger than our problems. Like Caleb did, focusing on the Lord helps puts life in focus.

Omnipotent and Omniscient God, we desire to focus on you, and we ask that you will give us spirit-filled eyes which can see accurately.

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