“Can you make sure it’s actually focusing on me and not the background?” Brad says to me every time he hands me the camera to take a photo or a video of him when we’re out. He’d wait patiently in position whilst I fiddle with the camera lense, adjusting the focus back and forth a few too many times.
It’s always been a weakness of mine – my lack of patience gets me frustrated when I can’t get the focus just right. Back in my serious blogging days, when I’d use the big camera to take photos of all my favourite beauty products, I’d throw my hands up in frustration and ask Brad to take the photos for me instead.
Funny how such a simple task as focusing the lense makes such a huge difference in the end result of the photo/film. Get the focus just off and the object of the photo is blurred, diverting the eyes of anyone who viewed it.
Focus isn’t only important in photography, but also in our christian lives. I’m beginning to lose count of the number of times I’ve seen a BBC breaking news notification pop up on my phone in just 2017 alone. So many terror attacks that have ended lives and broken hearts all over the world.
It’s in those times, and also those moments in our own personal lives when everything seems to go wrong, when it’s easy to lose focus of what’s good.
Psalm 10:1 – Lord, you seem so far away when evil is near!
Why do you stand so far off as though you don’t care?
Why have you hidden yourself when I need you the most?
Have words similar to these been whispered in the depths of your heart at some point?
Usually these moments happen when our eyes have shifted off of Jesus and onto the trouble at hand, which is an easy thing to do. All we can see is everything that’s wrong. The devastation, the hurt and the brokenness on earth.
Psalm 11:4 – Yet the eternal one is never shaken – he is still found in his temple of holiness reigning as Lord and King over all. He is closely watching everything that happens. With a glance, his eyes examine every heart.
This is part gave me every confirmation that I needed about the greatness of our God.
With only a glance can He examine our hearts. He sees everything, every little part of who we are now and will one day become. If He can see all of that with only a short glance, imagine what He can see when He’s closely watching everything that happens. Because that’s exactly what He’s doing. Closely watching – His eyes not wavering for a second.
When trouble comes, He doesn’t step aside and watch us struggle. No, He’s close by – closer than we’d ever know.
We can feel safe because He’s watching. We can feel comforted because He’s close.
People often argue – why doesn’t God stop terrible things from happening? And it seems to be one of the harder questions to answer as a Christian. All we know is that we live in a fallen, broken world. Trouble is bound to come (John 16:33), but God will always reign over all. He will be our peace in the midst of the trouble.
Psalm 10:17 – Lord, you know and understand all the hopes of the humble and will hear their cries and comfort their hearts, helping them all!
The good thing about God is that even when our focus is off, His focus is always right on point. So be encouraged in the midst of heartbreak, as hard as it may be. God is closer than you’ll ever know, and His eyes won’t waver from you for even a second. You’re loved and you’re safe.