Focus verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
“Keep your head to the sky.” Those are lyrics to a popular Earth, Wind and Fire song written in the early 70’s. However, it wasn’t until recently that I was reminded how motivating and inspiring those lyrics are. You see, last year I struggled a lot with where I wanted to be vs. where I actually am. Every person of purpose has a goal and vision for their life. We plan and oftentimes expect what we plan to play out the way we intended. But if your life is anything like mine, that rarely ever happens. And quite honestly, I felt some type of way about it.
Because of this, I started to look around and see what I could do to improve my situation and set my plan in motion. I started focusing on things that honestly didn’t matter, hoping that I would get some results that I was pleased with. “Maybe if I changed careers”, I thought, “my life will start looking up. Should I go back to school? Or maybe my husband isn’t here. Maybe I need to move back home or to another area for him to find me.”
A few months later, I was about to be living out my dream, or so I thought! I did get a new job, and I’m grateful for the experience, but with that new job, I soon found out, it didn’t instantly propel me to where I wanted to be in life like I had imagined.
But where did I go wrong? What happened during my journey of going from where I am to where I want to be?
I later realized the answer is, I lost focus.
My attention was so focused on looking around, that I stopped looking up. I looked around at the people around me, those on social media, everywhere.
I was looking around because I had started to get frustrated with what my life STILL looked like. Not realizing I was exactly where God wanted me to be. I was soon reminded that the only way we will get complete and total fulfillment, even if there are some desires of ours that haven’t come to fruition yet, is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Our focus verse reminds us that God will instruct us with His eye. But the only way that can happen is if we keep our eyes focused on His eyes. We all experience frustration, and when we do, we have to remember that God will keep us in perfect peace when we are focused on Him, Isaiah 26:3. That He has everything under control, Psalm 46:10. We have to remember that God’s ways are not our ways and He has a plan for us, Isaiah 55:8-9. A plan to prosper us and give us a future and a hope, Jeremiah 29:11. All we have to do is continue to look toward the hills, where our help comes from, Psalm 121.The only way we will get complete and total fulfillment, even if there are some desires of ours that haven’t come to fruition yet, is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Click To Tweet
Prayer: Lord I thank you that my heart is confident in You. Thank You for reminding me that I don’t have to look around or anywhere else but up to You. Forgive me, Father, for allowing my frustrations to fuel my focus. Help me to remember to keep my head to the sky, completely focused on You, In Jesus name, Amen!
Tiffany Harvey says
Yasssssssss! Love this Tiff! Just what I needed this morning!
Yay! I’m so glad that it blessed you. Thanks for taking the time to read it.
Cheryl Watson says
I really appreciate your openness – often times you think that you are the only one that has these feelings or struggles. I really missed your blogs when you had your down time. I have been in a dark place for a couple of years (divorce, finances, and just trying to figure out who I am- I was married for 38 years), but through it all I know that God has kept me and continues to keep me. I love what you do and have told my children and grandchildren about you. God bless and thank you.
Oh, Bless God! It is good to know that this ministry is impacting the lives of others. Often times it’s in those dark places that God is able to truly reveal Himself to us. I have observed that’s when I REALLY get to know Him. It’s an honor to be able to share what God gives me. I learned at a very early age that my experience are never my own and there is someone that I will come across that will need to lessons, even if they didn’t experience it first hand. When I said “yes” to God, my experience were included. So I have no choice but to share with other what God has revealed to me. I will definitely keep you in my prays.
Nicole Johnson says
Well said Tiffany. Great reminder to keep our eyes focused on Him.
Thanks for reading Nicole!
I can relate to this so much! I am so grateful for my life but the comparison trap is real. I think as Christians we are constantly oscillating between gratitude and hope in God’s promises. He does say that He will give us the desires of our heart, but we are challenged to be content right now as well. Thank you for sharing your perspective.
Hey Nikki! Indeed it is a challenge. He will definitely give us the desires that we should have. We tend to miss that because we are focused on what we want and not Him. I’m glad you enjoyed it!