Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1b-2a
Have you ever inescapably had to drive in such an extraordinary storm that it completely overwhelmed your senses? Possibly making you feel as if your best chance of remaining on the road and making it out in one piece would be based solely on your ability to keep your eyes firmly fixed on the car’s tail lights in front of you? Your eyes did not dare dart either to the left or to the right. It was a must to keep your eyes fixed on the guiding lights ahead of you at all times because the downpour was so intense there was no room for error? As thunder and lightning raged around you and the wind threateningly blew, you had to continually remind yourself to keep your eyes fixed ahead. It took endurance. Let’s not imagine the ‘race’ we run in this earth suit will be any different. If you are a child of God then your true home is not in this world but nonetheless, you are meant to leave an indelible mark. The definition of endurance is
We must maintain focus and continue looking forward, as this is what will keep us progressing along the path God has intentionally laid before our feet. Sometimes the tempest can be so unrelentingly fierce that you can observe nothing else but the light of someone else that has gone before you and is now right ahead of you. You might even wonder if you did not have the guiding lights in front of you how would you be able to proceed any further? Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the true Light and not only that but HE has lite a light in you so that others will be drawn to your assistance in their storm. Thank you Lord! Shine bright DIVAs and expect to be used of the Darling of Heaven to assist the brethren!
You might be familiar with the Blue Angels; the United States Navy’s flying aerobatic squadron. The highest speed flown during one of their air shows is 700 mph (just under Mach 1)! These pilots are extremely prepared for what they do and are seasoned pilots. While flying their maneuvers, they are trained to follow the ‘leader’ no matter what. While in uniform, the squadron members must follow the lead of the “Boss” (Flight Leader) — to the extent that if he’s not wearing sunglasses, they must do the same (from Foxtrot Alpha interview). In 1982, a Thunderbird (similar flying aerobatic group) team slammed into the ground due to a jammed stabilizer on the lead jet. The other pilots, in accordance with their training, did not break formation. The leader flew into the ground and the others, keeping their eyes fixed on their leader, did the same thing.
Our situation ought to be similar…except that our ‘leader’ is never mistaken, confused, or has faulty systems. We can be completely assured that when we follow Him wherever He leads us, we can know without a doubt there is a purpose and we will arrive at our destination precisely the way He intends for us to arrive. Just as Paul stated He knew Jesus would bring him safely into His heavenly kingdom (2 Timothy 4:18) you can know if you keep your beautifully created eyes fixed on the Darling on Heaven He will do the same for you. The Absolute Same. If created beings can remarkably follow another created being how much more should we unconditionally keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and faithfully follow Him? In double measure, that’s how much more!!
We must know that as we travel the road before us that we are we certain to face many extraordinary storms! We were told to keep our eyes focused on Jesus because the Spirit knew there would be times when we would be faced with the choice to 1) figure it out on our own and/or 2) veer off in a different direction. If we keep our eyes “fixed” (Know that in Christ you are anointed with sustaining endurance and ability to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Amen and Amen. Who can you encourage today?) on Jesus we can be at peace knowing our LEADER, who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, will guide us safely down the road of this life and onward to the road that leads to eternity.
In His grace,