Isaiah 26:3&4 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
It was a beautiful summer day, and I was enjoying a weekend of camping at Raystown Lake with my husband and his family. I walked the bank of the large body of water, enjoying the peacefulness.
After some time of meandering, I sat on the bank and began taking pictures of the incoming waves splashing against a weathered brown rock. Looking through my viewfinder at the water, I suddenly felt tipsy, as though I were moving! Dropping my camera to my lap, it didn’t take long for the feeling of movement to pass and I verified that I was, indeed, still stationary! I then brought my camera to my eye again, this time focusing on the rock. No problems there – I quickly realized that the unstable feeling came only from focusing on the water, and that when my gaze was fixed upon the rock, it was clear that it was not me that was moving, but the water instead.
As I sat pondering this phenomenon, I thought of how easy it is, in this ever-changing world, to lose sight of the Rock that is Jesus and to allow our eyes to be drawn in by the fluctuating waves of our culture. When our eyes are on the waves, our emotions have full reign to bring fear, feelings of instability, insecurity, anger and other non-fruits of the spirit into our lives. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Rock, He will keep us in perfect peace as we trust in Him, as promised in Isaiah 26:3. As we continue to live in a world that is, in general, ruled by emotion and impulse, let’s remember to keep our eyes fixed on the One who is the eternal Rock.
God, in this time of uncertainty and chaos in the world, I pray that You will enable me to keep my eyes fixed solely on You. Fill me with more and more of Your insight and Your perspective, and may Your peace be in me and shine through me, spilling out to others. Thank You that You are the solid Rock, in which I can put my hope.
A devotional I recently wrote for the book God Stories 4 – to be published in early winter, 2008. Where is your focus?