“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
There are times when I am focused on the task at hand and times when my mind is swayed by everything else around me. It was a time when the latter was evident-the word “concentration” was far from my reality.
I was running on my regular nature path. But for the life of me I could not stay on it. Let me explain.
I saw a florescent wad of cloth off a couple feet to my left. I was strangely drawn to it. Who knows, maybe I had left it on a previous run? I followed my curiosity to the field beside me. I found it was a boy’s shirt. Truly not life changing. Or even slightly exciting. And most definitely didn’t belong to my girl power kiddo’s.
I was able to move on from this sighting fairly immediately. I was about to get back on the path when something else mysterious caught the corner of my eye. It was a deer. Now this was a little more exciting-an untamed animal in the wild. And I was mesmerized. By its calm, staring demeanor. And if this wasn’t enough of a little piece of heaven, another deer came to join. And then another followed right behind! I stood only three feet away from three deer and breathed in and out slowly with eyes fixed on the group.
After the deer party ran into the woods, I headed back to the path to run. But surprisingly there were multiple other distractions that took me off the path. Once for roadkill (curiosity getting truly getting the best of me this time), and a sprinkler (happened to turn on with the perfect timing so I received two showers instead of my typical one for the day).
In all of my inability to stay focused on the running route at hand, there was one thing which kept bringing me back to the path for which I had come in the first place. One thing that helped me refocus on running. One thing that was so beautiful, there was nothing I could do but respond with action.
The Brilliant Sun. Rising to mark the new day. Lighting up the entire sky with brightness. And when my mind and feet had wandered off the path, this sun beckoned me to look up. It was as if it was almost daring me to stare into the light because no other shirt, deer, or distracting circumstance below held a candle. And strangely looking into the light jolted me out of my Curious George moments and reminded me of what I was here to do. Run. on. the. path.
It is the same way with the light of Jesus. God shines His light on our path-behind. before. in the very present. And it beckons us to follow. Anytime we fix our eyes on Jesus, the light of the world, our current “off the path” distractions cannot compete. Any “off the path” things such as sin, worry, dark places of depression, family crisis, financial issues, trials, busyness, lies, doubts, or insecurities to be seen clearly for what they are. Satan’s plan to kill, steal, destroy and distract us from God’s plan and love for us.
Turning to focus on the light of the Son gets us out of our mundane, anxiety driven, sin bound, weary minded, restless, fruitless selves and reminds us of our identity, love and calling in Jesus (just like focusing on the sun reminded me of the run on the path I was meant to do). The light of Jesus reminds us that He will use our difficult circumstances and weak areas for the good of His Kingdom. That His Word gives specific guidance to our now. And that no darkness can overcome it. No matter whether you are currently on the God’s path for you, just stepped off the path, have been too busy to recognize if you are or aren’t on the path, have never been on the path, can’t remotely even know where to begin to get back on the path, our God see’s. And holds out loving arms of grace to each of us.
So let’s look to the Son/”Sun” today and be welcomed onto His path of light and life.
© 2012 Standing on Peace