She’s lost most of her sight. She gets books on tape from the library because she can’t even see the “large print” editions of the books anymore. She comes to Bible study but doesn’t bring a Bible or take a study guide because she simply can’t see them. During prayer request time, her one request is that God would continue to be her eyes.
Eyesight. Most of us probably take it for granted. But not Virginia.
I love her prayer request. I’m certainly not making light of her situation, but I love her honesty and vulnerability. I love her heart. You see, Virginia’s request goes beyond the literal, physical desire for God to be her eyes. She not only wants to see as God sees, she wants to see God. She fully trusts in God to “be her eyes,” but in doing so, she wants her eyes to be on Him. It’s a beautiful thing.
Consider what our eyes focus on day in and day out. Generally speaking, we fix our eyes on shortcomings, flaws, finances, frustrations, kids, grandkids, etc. And yes, these things are sometimes factual, but they don’t have to be our focus. Take a look at the following passages of Scripture:
Proverbs 4:25 “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” (NIV)
Psalm 141:8 “But my eyes look to You, Lord GOD. I seek refuge in You…” (HCSB)
2 Corinthians 4:18 “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.” (NLT)
Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…” (NLT)
There’s no doubt where these passages suggest we keep our eyes. It’s not on the “horizontal”—the troubles we see right in front of us. Our gaze should totally be “vertical”—on the Lord God, on the things unseen, on Jesus Himself.
Here’s the thing…although Virginia has lost most of her sight “horizontally,” she’s gained far more sight “vertically.” What a beautiful thing!
What helps you keep your focus on Jesus?