Every Tuesday I go to a Mommy & Me group at my church. It’s nice to have a two hour break to focus on God while my boys are in the nursery.
A couple weeks ago our leader Patty did a wonderful message on the beginning lines of Psalms 23. It was so edifying and she closed with the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” the rendition sung by Nichole Nordeman.
I’ve had the chorus stuck in my head.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
I read so many uplifting Bible passages this morning and I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go in my post today… then I happened to glance down at a page in my Bible and Psalm 123:1 caught my eye.
“Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.”
I knew why this song meant so much to me.
Every year, month, week and day brings new challenges. No matter how great life is going there are always little setbacks – whether it be your health (I recently learned I have Graves’ Disease), your job, money, attitude, parenting failures, weight gain, guilt, depression, marital problems, etc.
It’s so easy to fall into despair as we struggle with all these big and/or little things that seem like too much for us to deal with.
For the past few years I have struggled with a loss of purpose. I wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember and it didn’t happen. Now I don’t even want to be one but I feel like a disappointment to the people who believed in me.
Also, as a mother, I am learning how impatient I can be and how lost I am at times. I go to bed with regrets and it’s such a horrible feeling. It’s hard being a parent!
But as I find my relationship with Jesus again I am realizing nothing is too much for him!
As I continued to search I found this verse:
“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
In this context they are talking about a multitude of people. In our own lives though we can have a multitude of problems that seem to be coming at us in every direction and we have no clue what to do.
We may not know what to do as the “multitude” of bills, doctor appointments, guilt, sad thoughts, angry moments, dessert buffets, toddler temper tantrums and loneliness, etc. comes chasing after us. We cant and we don’t have to deal with these on our own. All we can do is trust and to Turn Our Eyes Upon Jesus.
The song says:
“Oh heavy heart, oh heavy load
Lay it down and let it go
Leave your broken yesterdays
In the open arms of grace”
Jesus is here to take on our burdens. We can let them go, we can leave our broken yesterdays.
I may not have become a Doctor but I do have a purpose. I may not be a perfect mommy but each day I will Turn My Eyes Upon Jesus and leave my mistakes in the arms of grace.
I hope you will too.
I will leave you with this song: