Hebrews 12:2-3 (New International Version)
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
A little over a week ago I was in a most vulnerable spot: the dentist chair! Keeping my mouth wide open while one is being tortured isn’t easy, especially when it’s a root canal! But hey, you can’t really complain about it, especially since you can’t utter a word anyway, with all those hands in your mouth!
Giraffes are vulnerable as well. Although they have excellent eyesight and can view the surroundings for miles on end, thanks to their height, they have two predators that seem to like the giraffe’s hard flesh: lions and leopards.
These animals are generally no match for giraffes however, as a kick from a giraffe’s leg can literally kill a lion, and a giraffe can run 31-37 mph! Besides, due to their height, they are difficult to bring down!
There is one spot, however, where they become vulnerable, and it isn’t the dentist chair. Their teeth are healthier than most of ours! And this is a place where giraffes have no choice but to frequent often: The water-hole!
As giraffes have to struggle to spread their front legs wide and lower their heads to drink, their focus can no longer be on their surroundings and their numerous dangers. Giraffes are so conscious of their vulnerability that they will scan their surroundings carefully, but not all dangers are noticeable, especially if a predator is hiding! But once their heads are down and their front legs spread wide, a lion or leopard can attack them and bring them down with hardly a fight.
No kicking or running is possible, as the wide-spread position locks the giraffe’s front legs into place. Moreover, putting its head up very quickly will make the giraffe dizzy and fill it with confusion!
How true this is for all of us if we stop focusing on what really matters, we become easy prey for the evil one, and before we know it we are spiritually devoured!
This is why the apostle Paul urges us to: “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in.
On whom will you focus?
Dear Lord we pray today that we would keep our eyes on You. We pray that we would finish the race before us with You as our focus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.