Everyday Living

Keeping our eyes on God.

Walking has become a great pasttime for me. It relieves stress and helps to keep me healthy both mentally and physically. I live in a beautiful part of the country with mountains, streams, flowers and trees. The sunsets here are magnificent and I just love to sit and watch the sun set behind the mountains. When I walk I love to look around at all that God has made. It makes me feel closer to him.

But lately some very majestic geese have moved into the area and they are leaving little surprises everywhere. They have taken up residence on our back path next to a peaceful stream. Now I find myself looking down all the time as I meander my way down the dirt path, all I can focus on is avoiding these “piles”. My focus has changed. I have stopped looking at all that’s good and wonderful around me and started looking at the obstacles that are placed in my path.

This reminds me of the story of Peter as he jumped out of the boat buffeted by the storm. He was so excited to get to Jesus he thought of nothing else and started walking on the water. But then his focus changed and he started to sink.

That’s why we must learn to keep our eyes on God even when these little piles are placed in our path. Our focus should be placed on him, not the problems around us. I would rather focus on the good rather than the bad. I am learning to walk with my head held hight and my eyes on my savior, letting him guide my steps even through the rough and dirty spots!

By Candice Vietzke

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