Focus

By Michelle Self

Have you ever looked up at the sun, even if only for a moment (not that it’s advisable)? Or maybe into a lightbulb in a gymnasium or a lamp on an end table? Even a few seconds can affect your eyesight for a moment or more. Light is powerful - the sun can even make our daughter sneeze!


A long time ago, my husband and I went into a local church to pray. No one else was there, just us and Jesus. Literally. There in front of us was His cross. A true representation of the type of person He was (is). I couldn’t take my eyes off that wooden cross. I was nearly mesmerized as I talked to Him privately, looking deeply at that representation of Him.


After a while, maybe 20 minutes or more of not looking away, I closed my eyes. Do you know what I saw? Yes. A cross, imprinted in my sight from that light that beamed all around the cross. I kept my eyes closed for a bit and I could sense it almost floating in front of me. Then I looked at my husband sitting next to me. I could see the cross hovering on him now. I blinked a couple of times and looked at the wall. Then at the windows. As the outline of the cross started to fade, my thoughts focused on it and how, by simply staring at it for a long time, I could see the cross before everything I looked at.  


1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.  Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced

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It was profound, really. By focusing on something continuously, with a power source such as light, I saw that object in front of me before I saw the image of what I was looking at. The implications were captivating. So, if I stay in focus with Jesus, asking God for His guidance and wisdom, not taking my eyes off Him … I will see Him when I look at my neighbor, or my husband, or my daughter, or the driver who passed me at 80mph. When I look at the cashier at Walmart, or my waitress who forgot my drink again, I can still see Him over them if I focus on Him first.


This scientific/medical phenomenon has a spiritual significance if we choose to apply it. Focusing on God and His light, we see more of Him in others, even when others may not see Him. I love that He uses the everyday as well as the extraordinary to get our attention and bring us back to what really matters – God and others.


Tonight, maybe you can try this. Cut out a cross from a thick piece of paper or use two objects to create a cross and hold it in front of you in the path of your kitchen light (be wise, and don’t harm your eye sight, please). After 20 or 30 seconds, close your eyes. Imagine if you saw that cross all the time, before you saw anything else. It brings to mind a song I love, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.


Always remember that as much as God loves you, He loves everyone else as well, even if we don’t see why He does. If we make sure to see God first, we’ll have an easier time being kind and loving towards all others. I pray this blesses you tonight and helps you tomorrow.