“And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.”
Have you ever wondered why a pigeon walks so funny? According to an interesting article in The Guardian, a pigeon walks the way it does so it can see where it’s going. Because it can’t adjust its focus as it moves, the pigeon actually has to bring its head to a complete stop between steps in order to refocus. This is the way it walks: head forward, stop; head back, stop. Don’t laugh — that’s how it goes and we tend to be Christian pigeons a lot of the time. Our attraction to distraction causes us to walk around like pigeons instead of soaring like eagles. If we are to run the Christian race, we can only run with our eyes set steadfastly upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. If our eyes are fixed upon Him and Him alone, we could do like the apostle Peter and walk on water. But as soon as our eyes turn to the things around us, we will begin to sink. Let us also learn from Stephen, the first martyr of the church, who while being stoned looked steadfastly (fixed) into heaven and saw Jesus standing. Stephen did not even see the stones thrown at him or even the gnashing teeth of his persecutors. Stephen saw Jesus only! It’s no wonder he could smile and ask God to forgive his enemies even in the midst of such great persecution. When everything was falling apart around him, all he could see was Jesus standing. Like the prophet Isaiah who in the year king Uzziah died, he saw the Lord high and lifted up. After Isaiah saw Jesus only, he said “Here I am Lord, send me”. Only then was he was able to run and obtain, instead of walking around like a pigeon. We must learn that our focus will determine our future. May God help us all today to get free from distractions and see Jesus only! Let Jesus take up your complete field of vision. Don’t walk around like a pigeon when you could soar like an eagle!