Recently I’ve started doing yoga as an attempt to not only exercise, but improve my balance and flexibility, which are both horrendous. Not only do I have the hand-eye coordination of a 2 year old, I have the flexibility of a stick, which is a great combination for any type of physical activity, and hilarious for any onlookers.
This morning I attempted to do a “tree” pose, which looks deceptively easy. I brought my right leg up, wanting to “glue it” to my inner left thigh. I was able to hold the position for a few breaths until I was distracted by something out of the corner of my eye. Instinctively I turned my head to look and as a result, toppled over. I had become distracted, taken my eyes off my focal point, and ended up losing my footing as a result.
I wonder if this is why the writer of Hebrews wrote in chapter 12:
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We as human beings have a tendency to take our eyes off of what really matters to focus on a momentary distraction. But that’s the great thing about Jesus; when we take our eyes off of Him, we can always get back up, and reinstate Him as our focal point. When I fell out of my pose this morning, I stood back up and tried again. And I think it’s the same way with God. When you have fallen, He is there to pick you up as you fix your eyes on him again.
In this time of preparation before Easter, if you’ve strayed away or become distracted, he is there waiting for you to come back. Fix your eyes upon Him, the perfecter of our faith, our Savior, our God, our Redeemer and our friend.