My wife, Lorraine, and the “zoom” feature on our video camera provided a lot of laughter over the years. When she would begin videotaping, she’d struggle to find the subject being filmed, and move the camera viewer (quickly I might add) all around trying to focus on the person or event she wanted to capture. (Watching the video later would make you seasick!)
Seeing the frantic activity, I would remind her to ZOOM OUT, get perspective, then zoom in on the right thing. With the camera steadied, and the lens on the subject, she did a great job videotaping.
Living at the speed of life, with all the variables we face, it’s easy to wake up in the morning and be disoriented – in a sense, moving the camera all around just trying to figure out where the main thing is, what to focus on. When I feel that way, I remember to ZOOM OUT, get perspective, then zoom back in on the right thing.
With my heart and mind steadied, and when I’m focusing on the right subject, I do a much better job of getting through the day. Sometimes I have to do this throughout the day… just remember to ZOOM OUT… in order to re-steady myself.
So what is the “right thing” to focus on? The best answer is the traditional Sunday school answer: “Jesus”! Yes, it’s true – His ways, His timing, and His good, pleasing and perfect will. He is the one who has overcome the world, He is the one who is ALWAYS steady. He is love, hope, and peace.
What better way is there to enter into steadiness and rest than to ZOOM OUT, find Jesus, and then focus on HIS GOODNESS, His dependability, His love.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30