August 7, 2012
At my childhood playground, there was a ride that was about 15 feet in diameter, which stood 18 inches off the ground. You could spin it really fast. We had so much fun, jumping on with one foot and pushing with the other on the ground to move it ever faster. Not everyone could tolerate the crazy ride and even I would get pretty dizzy. One day, I was told that to avoid getting dizzy, I should set my eyes on a fixed and “permanent point (a tree was the easiest) while I was spinning around. It worked well and from then on I really enjoyed the ride.
Well, the world is like that spinning ride, changing faster than we can measure … and that’s an understatement. This is a time of instability in values, truth, peace, relationships, economy, and government. You name it, “flux” and “instability” are key descriptors for it. Yet we have this yearning for stability for an eternal, invisible truth, which usually equates with security. Yearning for permanence is a good thing. It keeps us from getting distracted and dizzy as we spin ever-faster on the merry-go-round of life.
A lot of times we feel stability or permanence is too predictable, expected, conventional, or even boring. We think spontaneity, surprises, newness, or uniqueness is more desirable, exciting, stimulating and soothing. But isn’t it interesting that when we go on vacation and replace routines with spontaneity, stimulation and activities, we don’t sleep as well, have some stomach upset with diarrhea or constipation, need a nap, feel a little discombobulated, and then come back home and don’t feel rested? Lots of people bring sleeping pills, Tums, Advil or other meds to help get them through their vacations. It’s because when we are out of our routines we lose site of what is steady and true.
We need to set our gaze on two permanent fixed points: God and His word. When we focus on Him, His Love and forgiveness, and see life through the lenses of the Holy Spirit in us, and apply His instruction, we won’t get dizzy, regardless the adversity or spinning that life brings.
Today, when you feel you are on wobbly ground, turn to the only place where you will find a firm place to stand. Know He has stood the test of time. He is dependable and wants to stabilize your mind and heart. Turn to the one who never changes: your Lord. Seek His wisdom and principles for the situation that is making you a bit dizzy. As you stand on the foundation He has provided, you can watch the world change with an entirely different perspective. Choose Him as the Lighthouse on which you focus. You will not get dizzy, but instead, you’ll enjoy the ride of your life. Where you fix your gaze is your decision, and your stability depends on it, so choose well.
Dear Father, I know that in this time of unrelenting change You are the One who never changes. You are the Alpha and the Omega. Sometimes my head spins with all the changes in the world going on around me. The more I focus on the changes the more unsteady I become. While I long for stability and permanence, I know I will not find it in this world. I turn to You, Father. I know only You can give me a firm place to stand. Draw near to me and my seeking heart. I pray in the name of the my Guiding Light, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2