Sunday, September 4, 2016

Bread for the Journey

Life can seem so out of focus at times. We hardly recognize where we are and how we got there. Sometimes it is even difficult to recognize ourselves in the messiness of life and the direction our life is going, with all the obstacles in the way.  I think we all experience life like this at times and it hurts. We just go through the motions without realizing the full journey. We end up where we are without acknowledging where we came from or how we got there. What then? Do we just allow ourselves to keep journeying on with out direction or focus until everything is such a blur we can't see a way out anymore?

Truthfully, there are no quick fix solutions, nor do I want to trivialize the pain that comes with this being in this space. What I do know is that we are not on this journey alone. Sometimes the answers are right in front of our eyes but we can't see it.

Proverbs 4:25 says
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.

This scripture says it so plainly. Look straight ahead, gaze directly before you. We have a tendency to look back or far up ahead and to the sides where we are easily distracted. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Let us not become distracted by the past that can't be changed, or look  into the future for it is uncertain, no one knows what life holds next. What we are able to do is focus on the here and now and try to gain our perspective back one tiny step at a time with the help of Jesus. I would really encourage you to read the entire chapter of Proverbs 4, it offers a lot of wisdom.

Lord, Thank you for giving our life meaning and hope with instructions that seem so simple that we often don't recognize it when we read your word. Open the eyes of our heart that we may see only what will help us to put our focus and hope in you. Lord may the reader here this morning leave feeling encouraged with a renewed sense of hope and promise for their life. Our hope lies in you Lord and only you. Amen.


  1. Thank you for sharing - very good insight.

  2. A beautiful prayer! Thank you for the reminder to fix our eyes on the Lord!