by Stephanie Olson
Last week I blogged about minding your own business. Now, I think it’s important to share that this was something that God was telling me to do; not something I was saying to you. In fact, all week, God still had to remind me to mind my own business. It’s hard! If you didn’t get a chance to read that blog you can read it here: http://setmefreeministries.net/mind-your-own-business/
Needless to say, I’m trying, but often what I find is that when God has called us to do something mighty for Him, the enemy puts plenty of distractions in our path. It’s incredibly easy to focus on the distractions instead of focusing on our calling. Well, let’s face it, usually when focusing on our calling it requires some waiting, some surrendering, and some…well, a lot…of trust.
A horse, when working, often wears blinders on their eyes. Because horses have peripheral vision they can end up running off track unless they see only straight ahead. Blinders over a horse’s eyes allow the horse to keep focused on what’s ahead rather than what is to the right or the left. Hmmmm….
Is it possible that God is calling us to put spiritual blinders over our eyes so that we can focus on what Christ has called us to do instead of what is going on to the right or left of us? Proverbs 4:25-27 says this, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
I’m currently reading a book called Stripped by Lina Abujamra. In the chapter entitled Are We There Yet? (how many times have I said that to God?), she says this in talking about waiting on God:
[God] is good. He knows what we need. He sees every bend in the road. He knows every bump on the way. His delays are for our good. He’s like a good father who won’t let his seven-year-old get behind the wheel, because, well, it’s not time to drive yet. He’s like the mother of a thirteen-year-old girl who reminds her daughter that it’s too early to give your heart away, lest it get broken. God knows that there’s a perfect time and a perfect season for everything. He makes everything beautiful in its time.
God hasn’t forgotten you. He isn’t busy solving other people’s problems while neglecting yours. He is always perfecting that which concerns your life. He loves you.
It’s difficult to wait on the Lord, and it can be even more difficult to do that while not allowing the distractions to move us off track. But that’s what God has called us to because He knows what’s best for us. And let me say this – Satan is consistent but not creative. He knows the things that will pull you off course, and He also knows what drives you crazy! He will use the same things over and over to get you to turn to the right or the left.
So, I am going to do my best this week to put my spiritual blinders on. I’m going to fix my gaze directly on Jesus Christ and allow Him to steer me in the direction I need to go. Fix my eyes on you, Lord!