Regaining Focus

Regaining Focus

Life is full of busy moments, tasks, and responsibilities that are each connected to jobs, studies, family, friends, orhome life. The moments turn into hours, which turn into days and weeks and years. It seems there is a never-ending stream of things to take care of. Then one morning, you wake up and feel at a loss. Where are you headed? It’s hard to keep a sense of direction when your vision is blurred.

This spiritual exercise can help you regain your focus. Sit down in a quiet place and follow the story of the blind man at Bethsaida:1

Then [Jesus] came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town.

Picture yourself as this man. Tell Jesus you need His help. Describe your problems. Then let Him take your hand in His. You can’t see where you’re going, but He is leading you “out of town” in spirit, to a place of peace, where you don’t need to be busy and active.

And when He [Jesus] had ... put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

It was during the time that the blind man was aside with Jesus that the miracle of healing took place. It wasn’t something to be hurried; it took a while, not only for his sight to be restored, but also for him to regain full focus.

Like a blind man, close your eyes and let the reassurance of the Lord’s presence bring calm to your spirit. You can’t rush it. If you open your eyes too soon, things will still be fuzzy. Take time to share your requests with the Lord, to tell Him what’s burdening you, and also the things you hope for.

Now open your eyes. While you rested in prayer and meditation, the Lord was working. Even if things still aren’t as clear as you would like them to be, have patience—the more time you take with the Lord, the more your vision will be restored, just as surely as the blind man eventually saw clearly.

The next time your vision is hazy, remember that you can call on Jesus, let Him hold your hand, step aside with Him, and let Him work. He will restore your sight.

1. Mark 8:22–25

Abi May

Abi May (also credited as Chris Hunt) is a former contributor to Activated from Great Britain.

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