It has taken me a few days to construct this blog…extremely uncharacteristic for me. When I post…of course I don’t proofread…but one I either type the post and post it immediately…two I either type the blog and never post it…three I write a partial blog and let it sit in my drafts…or finally I write it on some scratch paper and tuck it off. For some reason this one was different…I started to write it one day…stopped and came back to finish it two days later…then I couldn’t post it and finally I re-read a few scriptures and felt the need to expand on the post. Peculiar…but we have a peculiar God…His ways are not our ways…so I guess I will just allow the blog to take on a life of its own.
The storm’s of life are soooo crazy. It seems as if storms love to come when it is already raining…thus the saying, “when it rains…it pours.” I can recall writing about this several times before…so this is a subject that I am well versed in. Lemme ask you this…why does it seem like when we are walking the path of the straight and narrowness (don’t think that is a word…but ooh well) this is when one of those raging storms commence? I mean one of those out of control…no matter the size of the umbrella…get soaked type of storms. It seems like when we fellowship with wrong…life appears to be relatively easy for the most part…but the very moment we decide to straighten up and fly right…we make that conscious effort to allow out change to change…hell takes off the padlock and breaks loose.
Honestly the answer is simpler than you think…the thing is when we are walking that crooked walk…we are exactly where the enemy wants us to be…in essence he is rewarding us. I compare it to allowance. Remember when you were a child and you had to complete chores? Once you completed these chores…your parents might have given you an allowance because of your obedience and job well done. Now if you didn’t complete your chores, or did anything else to the contrary…you probably got punished…well at least that is how it happened in my house. Where am I going with all of this…follow me for a second as I attempt to connect the pieces for you. As long as you are obedient to the adversary…you know doing his work (chores) for him…being a compliant peon…he gives you that reward…an allowance…but the minute you decide to defy him and shift your focus (remember this word focus) you must deal with his ramifications.
The other day I read the entire 14th chapter of Matthew. Actually, Matthew is my favorite of the sixty-six books in the Bible. I really can’t tell you how many times I have read the book in its entirety…but it has been several times. See the thing about me…is when I struggle…when I go through storms myself…I tend to go back to my foundation…which is Matthew. Matthew isn’t the first book I read in its entirety…but it was the first one I read with purpose and sincerity.
Back to that word focus…focus is defined as:
To adjust one’s concentrated vision or energy and converge towards a central point to render it clear.
Focus…I think one of the strongest examples of focus in the Bible is in Matthew 14:24-32. Okay…stay with me…I’m gonna teach for a quick second. Jesus and his disciples were on a ship sailing and a fierce storm came against the ship…in the midst of the storm is when Jesus always performs His miracles…He walks on water. As He stood in the middle of the sea his disciples were frightened…place yourself in their shoes…can you imagine seeing a person WALK ON WATER??? Nah…not me…I would probably trip out…literally…but as alarmed as they were…Jesus spoke them…simply by saying…27 Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. You know how the flesh is though…we always must question what we definitely hear from God…so Peter says…28 Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on water. What is it about us that makes us question His voice? Jesus says one simple word…”Come”…and Peter began to walk towards Jesus on the water in the midst of the boisterous storm. As Peter continued to walk..he began to get closer to Jesus…but look what happens here…he loses loses FOCUS…he shifts his FOCUS from Jesus to the storm. It was right there in that instance Peter begins to sink in the water. Okay…lemme say that again…when Peter shifted his concentrated energy from his central point he began to sink. Maybe that one was for me…lol. The beauty about it all is that Jesus heard the cry from Peter and outstretched His hand to Peter and rescued him from sinking. Does that ring a bell? Hold on let me say it differently…understand this…Jesus is always with us during any storm…He is right there standing with us in the face of danger…all you have to do is to cry out to Him…and He will meet you where you are…”O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH”.
Life is about alignment and focus. Where or what is it that you concentrate your energy on? What do you align yourself with? What are the things in your life that causes you to shift your focus? I will tell you this one fundamental belief…what you focus on the most will always be the clearest in your life. Focus is a nutrient of life. Focus to an extent is a form of water. Focus will saturate your crop and allow that to grow. The more your focus on it…the more it will grow. Now…not all focus is intended for clear vision. There is some focus that blurs your vision. You can focus so much on the trees…that you miss that they are planted in a forest.
Where am I going with this…storms = water….focus = water…life = water. There is a common denominator here…WATER. Every living organism needs water…directly or indirectly to live…so understand this thing…don’t always seek shelter in the face of storms…embrace that storm…get wet…but shift your focus back…shift your focus and lift your eyes to the hills where your help come from. Focus is a voluntary act…it is a simple decision that we make everyday we wake up. Life is full of choices…make the choice…take the chance to shift your focus to allow your change to change…then you’ll be changed.
Be blessed today…