We find what we are looking for in this life when we fix our eyes on the goal and not the work it takes to get there. If we envision failure, we will. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Sometimes the things we are able to do surprise even ourselves. Have you ever had the experience of accomplishing something that you thought you would have a very difficult if not impossible time doing and then, do it? The feeling is utter exhilaration. The first thing that you want to do is to look around to see if anyone saw you do it. “Did you see that? Did you see what I did? I just can’t believe that I could do that. I’ve been trying to do that for years and now, well, I’ve done it!”
A number of years ago I was putting in wash posts for my wife. We had just moved into Beech Springs and this was one of the duties right at the top of my list. “Need wash posts!” As I was scouting the side yard for a likely place into which the posts could be planted, I discovered to my dismay that there was but one place that would get enough sunlight and was open to the breeze; and that site had a huge boulder smack dab in the middle of it. Having the aid of both pry bar and a medium size diesel tractor with a front-end loader, I figured that, although it would take some time and sweat, eventually I would be able to budge the rock and move it elsewhere with the bucket of the loader. Unfortunately, the more I dug around it, the more of it I revealed. Like a giant iceberg, the bulk of it lay below the ground, concealed and stubbornly refusing to budge. Several hours later, sweaty and tired, I had uncovered a very large boulder. Eventually, after several more hours of digging, I was able to cut a channel below the rock through which I was able to slip a very sturdy chain. Connected to the bucket of the diesel loader, I hoped that in the very least I would be able to turn it enough so that I might be able to get the lip of the bucket under it and pry it out of the hole. I started the tractor and gently hit the hydraulics that controlled the bucket. Finally the rock turned in the hole and I had my chance. Detaching the chain I positioned the bucket in the hole, crossed my fingers and pushed on the hydraulics. The rock moved and then it moved again. Finally, after about a half hour’s coaxing, it rolled out of the hole. Now all I had to do was get the bucket under it, lift it a few inches above the turf and move it out into the woods. When it dropped from the bucket there was both a sense of relief and unbelief. The rock that couldn’t be moved, had been moved.
That rock moved not merely because of the pry bar and the diesel. It moved because of the hands on the hydraulics and a heart that envisioned it moved and deposited somewhere else. I found that when I focused on what I wanted to see, the rock nestled a hundred feet away and an empty hole before me, the will and the ability to move it were granted me. We find what we are looking for when we embrace an attitude that what we are looking for is actually there. Steve Goodier writes: “Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over our nation’s deserts. All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colorful blossoms of desert plants. The vultures live on what was. They live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone. But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life. They fill themselves with freshness and life. Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do. (Steve Goodier, Quote Magazine, in Reader's Digest, May, 1990.)
We find what we are looking for in this life when we fix our eyes on the goal and not the work it takes to get there. If we envision failure, we will. If we envision pain, we will find it. When the goal is “milk and honey,” even if there is a boulder with our name on it, we ought never to be deterred.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are many boulders in this life with our name on them. Sometimes we get discourage when we are faced with a task that may even seem impossible to do. Help us to stay focused on the goal so that even when the task is great, our hearts will be up to the challenge. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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