“O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?”
These are the first lines of a great old hymn. Even though Helen Lemmel wrote these questions decades ago, they are relevant today, aren’t they? Here’s what she says next:
“There’s a light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free!
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
We all feel overwhelmed at times. Lemmel simply reminds us, when we get discouraged, to take some time to focus on something—Someone—else. As we shift our attention to Jesus, our troubles don’t disappear. They just settle into a different perspective.
Turn your eyes away from your troubles, and look at Jesus.
Listen, as He says:
I love you in the mess of your life, and day by day I’m redeeming it and setting it right. It is beautiful now, and it is becoming more beautiful. You don’t have to fix anything. You just have to rest, and follow and let me work.
Live in the present, aware of God’s loving presence. The past is redeemed. The future is secure. The present is really all you have at any given time.
“Perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:18