Tunnel Vision

By on January 12, 2013

looking through tunnel“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34

If I brought you to a big department store and told you to buy a particular item, but also told you that I didn’t want you to buy anything that was red in color, I am pretty sure of one thing – you would suddenly see a world filled with red items! You would have the color red on the brain! And don’t we do that in other areas of our lives? I sure do – I probably wouldn’t care 2 cents about a doughnut unless I’m on a no-doughnut diet, then all I can think about it doughnuts. So when we have a huge need in our lives – whether its about a job and money, or a spouse, or a health problem, or just about anything, it’s hard to think about anything else, even with a huge world around us.

Now, all this being said, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m probably one of the most guilty people in this regard, always hyper-focusing on my needs, no matter how small, and missing the multitude of blessings that I’ve had in my life. And I tend to quickly forget about the miracles that God has blessed me with, pinging about today, and forgetting about how gracious God has been to me in the past. In the past few years I have desperately searched for a job, and every day I wake up with unemployment on my mind, go through my day thinking about it and worrying about how long the money will last, and lay in bed at night with my closet of anxieties wide open and spilling out all over me. Talk about tunnel vision!

A few days ago I heard someone talking about their own experience with unemployment, and they said that Matthew’s words really hit them hard, and they finally realized that they needed to start “seeking first his kingdom”. And when they did just that, God showed his faithfulness in amazing ways. They took their eyes off of their problems, and focused on God, and it was only then that God was able to open doors for them “no man can shut”. WOW! That hit me hard too! I have been here, struggling to get through every day, in my own effort, and completely forgetting about the fact that God has a plan for my life, and that it is in HIS time, and HIS way that matters, not mine. I realized that part of my seeking His kingdom, and His righteousness, means that I have to take my eyes off of the walls of the tunnel around me, and look forward to the beautiful blessings that God has both given me, and has in store for me. God did NOT bring me out into the desert to die!

There is most definitely a light at the end of this tunnel – it is God’s light, and a world of his blessing and love for me, and for you. Seek that first!

Heavenly Father, you are so amazing! You have given us your word and your promises, wrapped in your grace. Thank you for the blessings that you’ve given us, and help us to remember those blessings when we feel like that tunnel may never end. Help us to see your light. We ask for your strength and grace, and the peace that only comes from you, and to help us keep our eyes on YOU, not our problems. Lord, help us to seek you first, always – and to hold on to you in every circumstance. Thank you for the people that you place in our lives who remind us that you are a faithful God, and who remind us to never forget that. Forgive us when we get wrapped up in our selves, and deliver us from our self-pity and self-centered ways. Lord, we pray all of these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright ConnieD. 2013. All rights reserved.

Originally posted on ProChristianWoman.

About Connie Dudley

Connie Dudley is new to blogging. She is an attorney by trade, but has always wanted to write, and write in a way that brings a little joy (and salt and light) into the lives of her readers. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Robert, who is a recent cancer survivor - an experience which has changed her life.

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Tunnel Vision