I was in the kitchen finishing up a few things so we could sit down to eat and next thing I knew, my kids were hovering, looking and begging for food. They were hungry! I told them, “You don’t have to wait much longer, but please step out of the kitchen so I can finish.” They were practically on top of me breathing down my neck (you can relate, right!). As they stepped out I told them, “Don’t worry it will be worth the wait”. God used that moment to remind me that all we endure here on earth is worth the wait of our ultimate prize of eternity in Heaven!
Just as I was soaking somethings in with Him while I stirred away, my microwave started doing something it’s never done before. I had to take my eyes off Him to fix my microwave. God immediately reminded me that before we get to our prize there will be distractions to try and take our eyes off of Him. I actually knew the minute my microwave acted up what God was showing me in that moment. Eternity is coming whether you are ready or not. Our “eyes on the prize” should be our main goal. But, remember the enemy knows his time is limited too and he is there to throw every kind of distraction your way to keep your eyes off Jesus. There is nothing ahead of you that will compare to Heaven. In the words of Austin, my son, when he was done eating, “You’re right mom, that was worth the wait.”
“But I have heard God’s voice in no uncertain terms speaking to me from Psalm 46. He has commanded me not to lose my focus. Like setting my spiritual compass, He has challenged me to fix my eyes on Jesus so that regardless of all that swirls around me, my heart is steadfast, trusting in Him!” Billy Graham
Distractions are everywhere in this world. They often make us take our eyes off of the author and finisher of our faith. In doing so, we lose faith and begin to sink in our own circumstances as Peter sank in the stormy waters; his eyes were on his surroundings instead of on his Savior. Psalm 91:7 and 8 remind us that no matter what we see around us, it will not come near to us. “A thousand will fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand. We will see the reward of the wicked.” We will do all of those things if we keep our eyes on our eternal rewards in Jesus Christ and not on our circumstances in the temporal world.
Lord, thank you for the reminder that this world is just our temporary home and soon you will come to take us to our eternal dwelling place. May we all continue to look for you and keep our eyes on the final destination, in Heaven with you. In Your Name, Amen.