Living near one of the largest Amish communities in the USA, we occasionally see a horse-drawn buggy on the roads. The horses, predisposed to distractions, wear small squares of leather attached to the bridle beside their eyes. These “blinders” keep the horses’ eyes focused in front of them and don’t allow them to become distracted by what’s around them. Because horses have excellent peripheral vision, the blinders are essential for the peace and safety of the folks in the buggy.
Like the horses, we need blinders, too; our peripheral vision can distract us. Looking around, we see situations that we can’t control: a health issue, a sudden loss, a difficult relationship. Long, sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days become our reality. But when we focus only on our God of peace, (Romans 15:33) the circumstances around us don’t distract us.
The prophet Isaiah wrote that “He (God) will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” That’s focus. Spending quality time with Him in His Word and surrendering our worry and fear to Him in prayer always brings peace to our troubled soul. Focused with our blinders on, we will experience what the Apostle Paul wrote of in Philippians 4:7: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.”
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