The Need to Stay Focused

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It is the third month, tenth week, sixty-fifth day, and one thousand, fifteen hundredth and thirty-second hour.

I’m still waiting for my healing. 

God doesn’t respond to our wants and desires the way that we wish He did. He doesn’t sit around granting wishes like a fairy-godmother, nor does He have any desire to. He has His own plan for our lives, and not knowing what that plan is can drive each of us nuts as we try to wait patiently.

We are not a patient people.

We want when we want, and suffer while waiting. If we weren’t suffering, we probably would not be calling out to God for help. Honestly, that is most of us. Even for Christ followers like me. We can love Him and thank Him for all that we have, but let us have to wait for our suffering to end, and we can quickly fall apart. So we reach out to Him, and sometimes that leaves us feeling even worse.

When we need Jesus the most, He can feel so far away. 

Why is that? Is it because we are not truly focused on Him but on what we can get from Him? Is it because we are not saying thank you for what is going good in our lives? I don’t have all the answers but in my experience, I start to feel Him again when I move past myself in prayer and the challenges I face in life.

When we resolve to move forward despite our pain, God shows up in a mighty way. 

I’ll admit that as the days go by, it is hard to stay focused. There are moments when I am wrapped up in the pain, and then there are breakthroughs when I allow myself to be wrapped in Him. We have a choice in every month, week, day, and hour. What will you choose to focus on today? What will you choose to focus on right now, this very minute?

There are plenty of opportunities to sit in our suffering, but we still have a job to do.

We still have work to do for the Kingdom. So as we drag ourselves out of bed for work despite the headaches, heartaches, self-defeating thoughts, etc., let’s remember to give Jesus our focus too. Let’s reset our faith and give Him the opportunity to work in our lives and lend us His strength.

It is amazing what God can do through broken people. 

Applicable Bible Verses:

  • “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
  • “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5
  • “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
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