|In the first picture, the ice cream was clearly in focus.|
|In the second photo, the beautiful scenery was in focus.|
And the ice cream appeared blury!
|The beautiful iris blooms were in focus in the first pic.|
|The pending storm was in focus in the second shot.|
And the beautiful blooms were totally out of focus.
It's amazing that the human response to certain life situations is dependent upon the main area of our focus.
- Are we focused so intently on the very next step and missing the beauty & hope that can be seen off in the distance?
- Are we only dreading what the future will hold or an event coming up (i.e. a surgery, the progression of an illness, etc.) & miss out on the beauty God has placed right in front of us that very moment or day?
- Do we limit ourselves by focusing on the little good things around us & fail to be hopeful for, thankful for & encouraged by some of the beauty that can be seen down the road?
It's really a matter of balance. To be in balance, I believe we need to make a conscious effort to allow God to direct our eyes as we move down life's path. He wants us to stop & smell the roses from time to time. And, He wants us to see danger or changes down the path & prepare OR possibly change our course. He wants us to enjoy the joys of the day, yet keep looking ahead for more things from Him.
I am so thankful that I can have an intimate relationship with God - not one where I meet Him once a week at a church then wait 6 days to be back in His presence. I'm thankful that we can "chat" with God 24/7. I want God to open the eyes of my heart to what He wants me to focus upon each day... each moment! He holds the future & He holds my hand!
For this realm, we tend to focus more on one thing and disregard what is out of focus. When we get to heaven, I believe that we'll see it all in a seamless fashion. That gives me hope. Not just when I get to heaven but, for here on earth as I walk in communion with God.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12
Linking October 2013 with The Nesting Place
for the 31-day Challenge