This past Sunday, I was driving to Oklahoma after church in the evening, and riding with a companion. After hitting a deer in my past, as well as various other critters of the night, I tend to be cautious and extra watchful. You don't always avoid the animal, but most of the time you do. My goal is to get to my destination, as well as to see those who ride with me (if applicable) arrive safely. With that in mind, I try to stay focused on the road and surrounding area, so as to avoid getting distracted as I drive. In thinking about this, though I don't always do it, I know this is how Christ desires me to get to Him.
Consider, if you will, Peter walking on the water toward Jesus. He was walking on Water! And yet, removing His eyes from Jesus, he was distracted by the wind and waves around him, and thus began to sink. What a great lesson for all of us! Our eyes need to be on Jesus! We need to strain (Hebrews says fix) our eyes on Jesus, so that we don't get distracted as we move toward Him! Yes, we should watch for hazards, but not take our eyes off the road. It's easy to get turned around, take a wrong turn, hit other drivers, or go off the road completely if we're distracted. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He's sufficient to handle it all. He will get you through the storm, and if you begin to sink, He is more than able to pick you up and put you back in the boat. Focus on the Destination, which is always Jesus. Psalm 119:97-120 97Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. 99I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. 100I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. 101I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. 102I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. 103How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. 107I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! 108Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. 109I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. 110The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. 111Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. 112I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
113I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. 114You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. 115Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God. 116Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! 117Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually! 118You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. 119All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies. 120My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.