I remember when our son, Jordan, was waking gradually from a two week coma. It was induced by a traumatic brain injury from a horrific car accident. Every day he would have a miraculous breakthrough which led to a full recovery. One of these miracles involved his sight.
When he was spoken to in the hospital, Jordan would slowly move his head to acknowledge the speaker and then respond. One day that all changed, to our amazement, as he exclaimed, “I can see on the sides!” It was his seven-year-old way of stating that he had just regained his peripheral vision.
As Christians we need spiritual peripheral vision—the ability to see others and their needs. Jesus led a life showing this skill on a daily basis. He was not so self-consumed that he did not notice the plight of others. His schedule was not so hectic that he could not make time to attend to those who needed help. These people were not distractions; they were his mission.
Christians also need tunnel vision. The Apostle Paul stated “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Heb. 12:23. Can you imagine Christ enduring the cross had he not had his sights on heaven? We each have trials in which we need to focus on eternity to overcome.
God has a vision for our life. We need only to ask guidance and give him supervision of our actions and decisions. The sooner the better, so we need not have hindsight. May we all lead the lives He has so perfectly envisioned for each and every one of us!