I have a quick thought I want to share with you guys today. This won’t be a long post – just something I’ve been thinking about the past few days.
When you’re thinking about something that upsets you, bothers you, disappoints you, or angers you..where do your eyes go? Where do you look when your mind starts to dwell upon these things?
For me, when I start thinking about something that really ticked me off or made me sad, I tend to glare either straight forward or down and to the right a bit. This sometimes happens when I’m driving (which I’m not proud of, by the way). I’ll be driving down the road, letting my mind wander, when the next thing I know, I don’t even remember driving for the past five minutes. It’s a surreal feeling when I finally snap out of it and bring my focus back on the road. It kind of scares me a bit; the fact that I can be so lost in my own negative thoughts that I become completely distracted from the road ahead and the fast-paced cars all around me.
Why do we do that?
Why do we allow ourselves to get sucked in to our mind, so deep that we become trapped? Why is it that our imaginations captivate us and hold us hostage for minutes at a time?
One day when I was driving, I heard a song on the radio that talked about fixing our eyes on Jesus. At the time, I was entranced by toxic thoughts and emotions, gazing down and to the side. But when I made the conscious effort to lift my eyes up to the sky, all those thoughts left. In fact, I couldn’t even remember what I was thinking about.
The physically act of lifting my eyes to the sky actually helped me to take my thoughts captive.
I think it’s interesting how popular, uplifting songs tell us to lift our eyes. They say to keep your head up, fix your eyes on Jesus, and keep focused. Do you think maybe there’s a psychological aspect to this to it, too? Because the simple act of physically lifting my head up and looking toward Heaven actually helps me to stop dwelling on my problems. Looking to Heaven helps me to keep life in perspective and to remember that God is on my side, working on my behalf.
I don’t know why this works. But it does.
And now, whenever I catch myself obsessing over fear or dwelling on my past, I redirect my gaze toward the sky. For some reason, this little act of self control, this form of taking my thoughts captive (2nd Corinthians 10:4-5), helps me to keep the focus off of me and onto God.
So maybe “fixing our eyes on Jesus” is more than just a spiritual one-liner we like to quote when times get tough. Maybe it’s a psychological thing, too.
You should try it sometime and tell me what happens.
Food for thought on this beautiful, hot, Tuesday in July.
Have a great day!
PS Here’s a pretty good article on taking each thought captive and now allowing lies to control your mind.