Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

“Let us fix our eyes on the Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
When I read this verse I picture our walk as a rickety old bridge. The walking boards old, worn and in imminent danger of breaking. The handrails either broken or totally missing in some places.

Before we start our journey into chronic illness we look at this expanse defeated. Fear grips our hearts. Uncertainty fills our soul. How are we ever going to traverse this? It is impossible. But picture, if you will, Jesus on the other side, beckoning us. He is saying to you and I today, “Don’t look down nor to the right or to the left. Keep your eyes fixed on me.”

Putting full focus on our circumstance keeps us frozen, but if we instead look straight into Jesus’ eyes, knowing full well He has it handled, we can with confidence go into each day with a renewed hope of making it through to the other side of whatever we might be going through.

If today you feel yourself slipping, losing your step and in fear of falling, then I say to you, look into His eyes and keep putting one foot in front of the other. His love is infinite and eternal. Scripture says God is for us, not against us. He is on the other side saying, “You can do this, I have put my Spirit in you and you will persevere and overcome just as I did.”

Our faith is not in people or things, it is in our God and His ability to make things right. This is a season of renewed hope as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. And a Savior is exactly what we need!

Catherine Barron lives in Sheridan, Montana. She is semi retired and loves to read, write, and her latest hobby, outdoor photography, although her first love will always be the word of God. She considers her fibromyalgia a formidable, unrelenting teacher.