That’s where peripheral vision, focus…and cameras come in.
You know when you look through the lens and focus on the tiny redbud how all the leaves and twigs go fuzzy around it? But then try zooming in on the mosquito perched on that unassuming leaf right next to the bud. Yikes! It’s huge! It’s nasty! It’s gonna eat me alive!
Wait a minute! You couldn’t even see it a second ago when the focus was on the flower. It was too blurry and rather non-consequential, right?
That’s how it is on life’s path, I’m learning.
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eye-lids look straight before thee…turn not to the right hand nor to the left.” Pro. 4:25
When I do that – focus on Christ and His will for me – I find the trials around me diminish in size. Focus on them, and they magnify – drastically.
Merriam-Webster’s defines peripheral as only slightly connecting with what is essential or important; merely incidental. Yes, our trials are connected because Yahweh uses them to make us into His image, but they are not – should not be – the point of focus by any means.
Where is our focus today? Let’s endeavor to keep the peripheral on the sidelines where it’s supposed to be and mind the One Who matters.