Have you ever driven a car into merging lanes, where traffic is to the left and right of you and you are all driving at full speed?
On my route to work, this happens daily. I have found that if I keep my eyes straight ahead and focus on my lane and speed, it all happens smoothly.
If however, I notice in my peripheral sight a large car, or truck merging towards me on my right and I take my eyes off the road ahead and look at their large, looming tyres, I can have a moment of panic!
It is likely to only be the perspective I am viewing the vehicle in the lane beside me, but it appears to be very, very close, even to the point I feel I need to swerve to avoid it. You and I both know if one swerves, it is not going to end well.
Isn’t this so like us in life? When we take our eyes off Jesus, we can so easily become overwhelmed by our surroundings. They can even seem bigger than they actually are, but it is too late, we have gone into panic mode. The obstacle can become our ‘soul’ focus, we are now consumed with everything that is negative and troublesome and can’t see our way out. We are not alone in this. Let us look at Psalm 123:
“ Unto You lift I up my eyes, O You that dwells in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress; so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until that he has mercy on us. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud”.
This Psalm starts by calling us to look up. It is important to remember that God has a perspective that no one else has. He alone can see all sides of a situation and He alone knows what the future holds and how situations will impact the future.
The Psalm also asks for mercy, or in other words favour, to be gracious towards. If you ever feel undeserving of God’s help, join the club. All of us are in need of a gracious God.
The Psalm finishes off with a believer of God in the middle of a hostile and scoffing world. Sound familiar? It is God alone and in His perfect timing that will right the wrongs. It is our challenge to keep our focus on God.
The key to this is surrendering to God as Lord (that is the One in control of our life) every day. If we acknowledge His Lordship then we will be following Him up the mountains of life rather than asking Him to follow us. As David wrote in Psalm 23, if the Lord is our Shepherd, we lack nothing.