The hills were in the distance and the sunset was slowly descending under the horizon for the end of another day. Telegraph lines blocked a clear view and the houses also looked like they were guarding the precious sunlight that was gradually getting less and less as each moment echoed away.
Whilst taking this photograph of the sunset I had rushed to a vantage point but really didn’t have a good view. I was trying to focus the camera on the sunset but the camera kept focussing on the trees, the things that were right in front of me.
Paul tells us;
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God
This helped me to reflect on my focus. Very often we are trying to focus on God (the horizon) but we are too often focussed on the present, on the material, on the the trees right in front of us.
God want us to seek perfect life with Him in an everlasting life, He is seeking the end game, the horizon where we can not really plan that long. But God that is everlasting does know how things will play out, His plans that He has planned for our lives are wonderful. Life may not be comfortable, or may require sacrifice, or devotion to Him or even just a willingness to take risks for God, but it is a training ground that leads to the everlasting life.
We need to relax our gaze from the daily problems, and took towards the light in the distance. Put our faith and hope with God and He will in turn provide our daily needs, as Jesus was full aware of our daily needs.
Give us this day our daily bread.
I pray that we all put our gaze of Jesus, put our needs on him, put our daily needs and worries and that He will guide us toward the light, towards Jesus Himself and the wonderful life that awaits us all if we stay faithful in our Lord Jesus Christ our saviour.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.