Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fixing your eyes in ’08

I came across this letter recently that I gave to some friends in 2008 who were waiting alongside me. I was challenged to fix my eyes on Jesus during my wait and I encouraged them to do the same. Good reminders...even for me today.


January 2008

I am a writer and I write about a lot of things. Recently I’ve felt compelled to write about waiting. Specifically, waiting well. A heard a sermon called “Waiting Well” that was given on Christmas Eve 2006 by Pastor John Fuller. It has inspired and challenged me to wait well.

I feel compelled to write about waiting well because I have discovered that many of you are in waiting seasons of life. You may be waiting for… the right job, a spouse, a marriage to be restored, a broken relationship to be healed, unfulfilled hopes and dreams to be realized, financial freedom, a medical diagnosis or healing from a diagnosis, or a loved one to come to know the Lord.

Waiting looks different for everyone. Some of us wait patiently. Some of us wait on the Lord. Some of us wait while trying to control the situation. It seems like every month, every week and for some, every day, our waiting looks different.

I recently came across the enclosed poem “Wait” and it has challenged and encouraged me. I then discovered it was available as a book. I pray that these words touch your heart as they have touched mine. I pray that you will fully understand that the GREATEST gift is to truly know God.

I’m learning in my season of waiting. I’m learning about myself. I’m learning about the God I love. I’m learning about this journey called life. And each day I learn a little more about how to wait well.

I’m learning that waiting well takes sacrifice. Waiting well takes humility. Waiting well takes faith in a God I don’t understand. But most of all, waiting well means that I take my eyes off my circumstances and fix them clearly on the face of Jesus.

Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” Looking straight ahead means that we take our eyes off our circumstances so we won’t be tempted to glance toward our friends or neighbors or co-workers. We won’t dwell upon our doubts, fears or what ifs.

Why?

Because we’ll be too busy fixing our eyes elsewhere. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”


So friend I encourage you to adjust your focus for 2008. Are your eyes on the past and if onlys? Are your eyes turning to the left or to the right? Are your eyes on the future and focusing on what ifs? May you allow the gentle hand of our great God to turn your face so that your eyes are gazing squarely on Him – and only Him….for His face is the only one worthy of our eyes.

Fixing my eyes in ’08,
Stacy


· But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death. Psalm 141:8

· Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:25

· So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

· Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:2



2 comments:

G & H said...

YOu are seriously the blog I go to for wait advice...Its SOOOO HARD and just yesterday I told my husband how I wasn't waiting well I was just sitting staring blankly ahead waiting...waiting for a match a phone call something...I love how you remind me/us to wait well!

Amber said...

thank you so much for sharing. I always love your post your the best:)