One of my fondest memories as a young father was taking my daughter to ballet lessons. I would stay and watch, and could watch forever. I still see her bright face looking over at me every time she did something challenging. Smiling and raising her eyebrows, saying with her face; “Did you see that Dad?”
When she was being taught how to spin, I vividly remember this special foundational lesson. The teacher told the students to find a focal point, something they could look for and focus on as they completed each turn. She told them this was the necessary secret to maintain their balance as they spin around.
It seems that Satan entices us to spin our Merry-Go-Round of life faster and faster, and we get sucked into the vortex of his trap. The ride’s destination is stress, struggle, frustration, and feelings of being overwhelmed and disoriented. We are so dizzy from the spinning! Why? Because we don’t have a focal point!
Just as a ballerina must keep returning her eyes to a given point to maintain her balance, we need to have a focal point to gain our balance, grounding, and direction. Too often, I used to turn to others, or things of the world to find my balance…but they are not fixed, secure, or immutable like God is. They fluctuate with the winds of life or culture. And people can have agendas that don’t include guiding me or are not in my best interest.
Today, make God your focal point, keep returning your focus to God to keep grounded, focused, or to find your balance. Focus on His promises, character, and teachings. God understands the limitations of your human condition and He knows that you will lose sight of Him at times. The wonderful part of this…you don’t have to strain too hard to look to Him, because His promise is to always be with you. A quick glance His way will bring you back to equilibrium and balance. But you must choose a focal point, it will determine your daily balance.
Dear Father, I feel as if the merry-go-round of life is spinning faster and faster. I try hard to regain my balance, but there always seems to be something surprising me and keeping me off balance. I regret I look to transient focal points, and I even know as I look at them that it will be a waste of time and they will disorient me more. I pray for eyes that see the truth and sharply turn to You. I look to You, Lord, to find my equilibrium. I want You to be my focal point. Because You remain constant, you are the perfect focal point. I pray in the immutable name of Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
For I the LORD do not change;
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”