What are your eyes on?

Where are your eyes focused today? I know this can sound like somewhat of a silly question, but I think the answer says a lot about where we are seeking direction and comfort from. This is something that I have come to understand from being the father of a two year old boy. This morning, I was trying to get my son Judah to help me clean up some of his toys. We had been playing with his magnetic letters and working on the alphabet, but like every two year old, he very quickly got distracted and decided that he wanted to play with cars instead. I told him we could do that as long as we picked up the letters first. Suddenly, I noticed that he was avoiding eye contact with me. He would glance at the TV, then over to his toy box, then over to the dog. There was so much going on around us in the room that he was not sure what to do. Finally, after repeatedly saying his name and taking him by the hand, he looked me in the eyes and listened to me as I told him the plan. He very quickly started gathering the letters and before he knew it, we were launching cars across the room.

It can be really easy for us to get distracted by everything going on around us. Especially in a time like this when things have deviated from the normal so much. Personally, I have noticed myself focusing more on the news, or the gossip going on around me than focusing on my ministry and my relationship with the Lord. I want to justify it by saying that there is just so much going on that it is impossible to ignore it, but the fact is, I have to take responsibility for what I am allowing my eyes to focus on. Rather than constantly checking my phone for the newest update, I could be diving into scripture. Instead of trying to find answers by searching the depths of Google, I could be going to the Lord in prayer. I know these are some of the most basic Christian disciplines, but it is often in times like this that we start to neglect even these. 

As Christians, we have been given something so powerful that we can rely on in times of trial and stress. Peter writes about this in his first letter when he says: 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5.

We have a hope in something far greater than anything this world has to offer. We have hope in salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. If we truly believe this, we should know where to look when we are seeking direction and comfort. This does not mean that we should not trust experts when they give advice or follow the instructions that we are given by those in authority. But our ultimate hope and comfort should only be found by focusing our eyes on God. 

Psalm 112:7 says regarding the righteous person;

“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD”

Set your eyes on the Father today. Seek comfort in his arms and trust his plans. 

Chris Crowe – Campus Minister