Focus -- By Sally I. Kennedy

"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:1)

One summer my husband and had an opportunity to visit one of our beautiful national parks. Our camera wasn’t new, but I never had learned all the ins and outs of it. Good thing it had an automatic focus, because when I tried it on manual and had to set all the dials, I could never remember exactly how that worked!

On this particular trip, the camera was attached to my wrist at all times, since there was one great shot after another. Behind us on the trail were three generations of a family. The adults and the grandparents seemed captured and caught up by the natural splendor. The youngest seemed oblivious to the grandeur surrounding us; his focus was fixed on a handheld computer game.

In uncomparably beautiful poetic form, Psalm 104 mentions ravines and valleys, mountains and trees, the heavens, moon and sun, the wild animals, the clouds and wind, birds, the seas and all that live in them. All made and sustained by the Lord,

God is all around us in nature, sharing His majesty and revelation. Not just in the mountains and hidden waterfalls, but also in a daisy, a perfectly veined leaf, the flash of a lightning bolt, or in glistening drops of rain.

Sometimes I am just like the child we saw at the park. It is a fact that I can get so caught up in what I have in my hands that I miss what God has in His.

Open my eyes, Lord, and help shift my focus to what You have for me to see this day.

Sally I. Kennedy,

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