Fixing Our Eyes

by Patti Richter

We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 NASB

We drove along the flat and desolate landscape of South Texas for our family’s first vacation to the Gulf of Mexico.

Finally, we came upon a colorful seaside village where the shops stood too close together to allow more than a glimpse of the water. But as we circled around to the backside of our hotel, we gazed in wonder at the sudden view of the ocean stretching to the horizon.

Making our way down to the beach later, we came upon a sea of towels that also seemed to stretch to infinity. Once we had claimed an empty spot of sand to accommodate our belongings, we headed into the surf.

The powerful waves thrilled without threatening us, but we soon discovered the ocean waves pulled to shore at an angle. While we romped in the water, the currents pulled us away from our beach location.

Since the job of keeping our possessions in sight fell to me, I noticed my gradually diminished view of them with each new wave. Before long, I could barely distinguish the color patterns of our towels from the bright congregation of others. So, every few minutes we pushed our way back against the current to regain our original position.

After tiring of that repeated effort, I realized my need for some point of reference. Then I saw it: a flagpole, just inland from our towels, with its flag blowing in the sea breeze. Now I could enjoy the surf without fretting about losing sight of our spot on the beach. 

Like those mighty ocean currents, there’s a strong tide in this world that can pull us from our faith foundation. Shifting ideologies contradict the truth of God’s word. Forceful arguments and images confound our perspective of right and wrong and eventually divide friends, family members, congregations, and denominations. If our spiritual focus becomes blurry, these wrong influences will keep us from following God’s plans and purposes for our lives.

The apostle Paul warned believers not to be “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:14-15 NAS).

When we stand firm, anchored in both God’s truth and his love, we become signposts for those taken captive by the currents of this world.

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 NAS

This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Patti Richter lives in north Georgia with her husband, Jim. She is a freelance journalist and long-time faith columnist at with more than four hundred published articles.

Patti is the co-author of the award-winning Signs of His Presence—Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering. It is the story of Luann Mire, whose godly husband was blindsided by an indictment due to a former employer’s tax fraud. The resulting prison sentence and restitution took the once joyful couple into a long season of suffering as they fought judicial tyranny. Helpless to change her situation, Luann endured a painful examination of her life and found God faithful to His promises.

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