Our adorable puppy has perfectly illustrated another truth: once you’ve fixed your eyes on something, it is possible to not be distracted from it.
As Minna proceeds throughout her day, many mesmerizing motions captivate her: the flash of a shiny pan drawn from the cupboard, the swish of the curtain drawn across the sliding door, and the sway of long coats as girls rush out the door to school.
She notices everything.
But there is one thing she absolutely refuses to turn away from: the lit flashlight.
What began as a desperate attempt at occupying our rambunctious Rottie has quickly progressed to become her favorite activity.
She will lead us to the drawer she knows contains it.
She’ll nose under the cushion under which we try to conceal it.
And, this gentle girl gets assertive when she hears the ‘click’ of that delightful device turning off. She actually runs over and places her paws on it, as if attempting to turn it back on.
When the light is shining, her eyes track it. Whether its tracking racing movements or patiently watching as it simply sets on one spot.
Loud noises, the tantalizing aroma of cooking beef, or the sound of her favorite people’s voices can not distract her concentration from that light.
We are encouraged in Hebrews 12:2 to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” Most of us might agree it’s easy to become distracted from Christ.
It’s easy to prioritize a work deadline, ill family members, or sometimes, even a dirty floor.
While thing in this world need some of our attention, it’s the peace of Christ and the assurance we have in Him that should reign in us. I know I am often missing that peace as I try to accomplish everything captivating me.
How can I experience that peace?
We need to not only take the time for Jesus, but make the time for Jesus.
Like Minna with the flashlight, I need to fix my eyes on Jesus, never allowing my gaze to wander.
Thank you Minna, for reminding us to stay focused on the Light!