Day 37: Eyes on the prize

It is nothing short of a miracle that I haven’t cut my hand open yet.

Seriously.

Lately, I have been on a hardcore cooking binge. Meatballs, chicken, stir-fry, steamed vegetables. You name it, I’ve tried it.

After class last night, I decided to cook for this week. I knew that a lot would be going on during the next seven days so I wanted to make sure that I would have something prepared.

I turned on my Spotify Christmas playlist and began my work of cutting carrots. It became evident very quickly that my knife needed sharpening, but I decided I would finish this batch before stopping.

All it took was a moment of distraction and I had cut the top of my thumb nail off. My breathing grew shallow and a slight bout of panic rose in my chest. That could’ve been immensely worse than it actually was.

It may sound juvenile, but I am incredibly grateful this was all that happened.

Proverbs 4:25-27 imparts this wisdom:

25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.

27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Had my attention been solely occupied by the task at hand and not by the Christmas music or a fleeting thought, I may have avoided the scare. I had divided my focus and that became obvious when I almost sliced my thumb.

When our gaze is directed toward God, He leads and establishes our path. We will endure some hardship, but we will have a wisdom given by the Father to handle each and every situation thrown our way.

Fixing our sights on God’s will and being intentional about following Him is imperative. The proverb reads ‘do not turn to the right nor to the left’. When we allow our focus to be swayed, even momentarily, we risk unintended pain and heartache. We tempt doubt and discouragement to make a home in our hearts.

Growing up I had the privilege of having two horses. One day when we were out riding, my horse spotted the barn and took off running. There was nothing stopping him. He had seen the barn and his focus was unswerving. We were going to get to the barn and to food. Period. End of story.

Jesus, the Source and Giver of our passions and talents, is more than deserving of our steadfast attention. We should be so overcome by His grace and mercies that we can’t imagine dedicating our lives to anything other than the pursuit of His heart.

The song “Simple Pursuit” by Passion encompasses the beautiful sentiment and ambition of returning to a place of first-love passion for the Lord. I pray that these lyrics reflect the cry of our hearts to love and serve Him.

God take us back, the place we began
The simple pursuit of nothing but you
The innocence of a heart in your hands
God take us back, oh God, take us back
To an unswerving faith in the power of your name
A heart beating for your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for your presence again
God take us back
Nothing and no one comes close to you
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one, it’s you, and you only
Nothing could ever come close

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