When I was first starting to learn how to drive, I was nervous. Hands at 10 and 2 o’clock… feet on the brakes… mirrors adjusted to the right position. I studied the handbook and knew the proper following distances and sign shapes. Yes… I was ready… but one thing kept me uneasy… the speed limit. After all, how was I supposed to look down at the speedometer and up at the traffic at the same time? What if I wasn’t looking down and started to go too fast… and got pulled over for speeding… or I was looking down to check my speed and rammed into the car in front of me? I couldn’t keep my eyes on BOTH places at the same time… so what was I to do?
So many times in our walk with Christ we get nervous for the same reason. I want to keep my eyes on Him… but what if something needs my attention in life? What if I’m looking to Him for guidance and bump right into a crisis? The Bible tells us that our eyes are to be in one position only: Hebrews 12:2 says, “”Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith …” Unlike driving, we only have to look in one place to stay safe… and that’s facing God. Life swerving? Look and pray to God. A bad diagnosis? High tax bill? Failing in school? Look up. Marriage trouble? Losing your authority over your kids? Don’t stare at the dashboard of your life trying to figure out your speed… look to the One that knows how to steer through the danger! It’s when we take our eyes off of Christ and put them on our troubles… that the real trouble begins.