My husband and I were watching one of the nature channels, where they had a show called, Hunter and The Hunted. And they were showing tigers in this particular scene. And what struck me was how the hunter gets so focused on one particular target and goes after it. Seeing absolutely nothing else. The tiger had his eye set on this particular deer and all these other deer were right there, much easier to catch than what he had his eye on. But he kept focused, determined to catch what he caught sight of failing to see all the other deer. And God said to me, sometimes we can be so focused on something that we fail to see anything else around us. And I said. “Wow.” We get so focused on something and fail to see the blessing that is right before our very eyes. That is right in our grasp.
And that can be a dangerous thing. Because if our focus is not in the right place, we may end up with something that God did not desire us to have in the first place. And as I put this together I hear the Spirit speak of relationships. Sometimes people zoom in on a person, for all the wrong reasons, but they want them so badly, that they fail to see anything else. They fail to see how that person may be treating someone else. They fail to see how the person overreacts because someone stepped on their toe or they waited too long in line at the grocery store. Or even the fact that they may have some baggage that you were not quite ready for. But for whatever reason, the relationship does not last AND you end up hurting, in more ways than one. Nine times out of10, it is because your focus was in the wrong place. So it’s important that we focus on the right thing, otherwise we may miss what God has for us. We may miss the blessing that is right before our very eyes but are somehow failing to see.
But that wasn’t the best part… God had me to say it again…. “Sometimes we can be so focused on something that we fail to see anything else.” And I said, “Okay, Lord…, what?” God said say it again. And I said, “Sometimes we can be so focused on something that we fail to see anything else.” And I still did not get it. So He said say it again but this time change it around. And as I began to say it again, “Sometimes we can be so focused on something…. How, Lord, change it how?” And He said, sometimes you can get so focused on something that you fail to see anything else. FOCUS ON ME. Sometimes you can get so focused on ME, that you fail to see anything else!”
And that’s when I got the revelation. Hallelujah! If we get focused on God, we will fail to see anything else. If we get focused on God, we will fail to see the faults of others. We will fail to yield to our flesh. If we get focused on the Word, we will fail to believe the tricks of the enemy. If we get so focused on doing the Word, we will fail to do anything contrary to it. If we get so focused on the Will of God, we will fail at doing things our own way. If we get so focused on God, we won’t fail at having the life of victory that He promised is ours!
And I can’t even remember whether or not that tiger got the deer that he wanted, but most of the time, whatever we focus on we will receive.
God is so good. If we would just keep Him in focus, nothing else will truly matter. Because our focus will be where it should be. Our focus will be on the right thing and it will get us the RIGHT things.
Bless the Lord! God is real, even in the Animal Kingdom, and He loves you. Get Him in focus.
A servant of the Lord,
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Get In Focus
Evelyn Fannell has the true heart of a servant. She spends a great deal of her time assisting friends, family, and others with a variety of plans and projects, always seeking simply to be of help; always going the extra mile. A writer since her youth, in 2008 Evelyn created the blog, But God Is Real, inspired by real life situations and circumstances that speak to the “realness” of God and His intervention in daily life. After the death of her son, Joseph, Evelyn started another blog, In the Shadow of Grief, created to chronicle the emotions and stages of grief so that she could help others through their journey of pain and sorrow. Along with the blog, Evelyn also started a grief support group on Facebook, under the same name, where members can share with one another in a supportive, non-judgmental environment In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys jigsaw puzzles, photography, and planning and creating items for special events. She also serves as First Lady and administrator of her church, On Good Ground Christian Fellowship, now in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to Joseph, she and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Brandi and Jasmine, and a grandson, Christian.