While running the other day, I saw a huge mountain. I thought, “God, I need You to move that.” But just as suddenly it became a stone, or pebble and I kicked it hard out of my way. Immediately, I heard the phrase, “Making a mountain out of a molehill? I make mountains into pebbles.” Sometimes God’s sense of humor is so much fun. I love how He loves a good laugh coupled with a very sobering point.
Isn’t it true that we often see a problem and over time we let it take on a life of its own as it grows and grows in our mind into a much bigger deal than it should be. That’s how we can know we’ve taken our focus off God. Any problem looks teeny tiny when looked at through the eyes of the Father.
We have all been guilty of becoming consumed and completely pre-occupied with our troubles, but what I’m trying to intentionally practice right now is continually re-focusing my heart, mind and spirit on God. Any time a stretching situation happens right now, I feel God gently tilting my face back toward Him. He is partnering with me in this because He desires my focus more than I do. Meaning, when I decided to begin intentionally focusing on Him through every moment, He was more than willing to help me accomplish the task. In fact, I imagine He is the One Who gave me the desire in the first place.
Do you have a mountain in your life right now? Is there anything that is trying to rob your focus? Are you wrestling with a situation or person?
If any of this applies to you, then I challenge you to take back your focus. Yes, you can change it. Yes, you are responsible for you. No, nobody can steal your focus, but you do give it away at times. So today, take it back! Take a minute and repent to God for anytime you’ve lost focus on His face. Tell Him of your struggle and ask Him to realign your gaze toward His face. I guarantee He’s been waiting for you to ask. He will be so excited to look you in the eyes. He loves you. There is no condemnation in this place. He is full of grace and understands our struggles, but know this, changing your focus from being problem oriented to God oriented is not a one-time event. It must become a practice and like any new muscle that you exercise, it will take training. I promise you though, the longer you walk it out, the easier it will get. Without a doubt, it’s easier for me now than ever before.
So, let God turn your mountain into a pebble today. Kick that darn pebble out of the way and embrace a Kingdom perspective. Embrace the gaze of the Father. He loves you without end.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory. Psalm 97:5-6
Look! The Lord is coming from His dwelling place; He comes down and treads the high places of the earth. The Mountains melt beneath Him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. Micah 1:3-4
The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel. Judges 5:5