Keep Your Eyes On the Light

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

The other day as I was driving home from church, I was stopped at a stoplight. I was in the left-hand turn lane waiting for the green arrow to appear. There were two lanes to the right of me waiting on the green light so they could move forward. Across the road there were two lanes of traffic facing me, also waiting on the light to turn green. When the green arrow appeared giving me the right to turn, the light turned green for the other two lanes on my right side as well. As we were all moving in our respective directions, from across the street I see another car coming my way. Now this car does not have the right to move forward because the light had not turned green on that side of the road yet. Thankfully, I was paying attention and quickly came to a halt as I allowed this person to continue moving in the right direction, albeit at the wrong time.

Stay Focused

As I continued to drive home I could not help but wonder what was on this person's mind that they totally ignored the sign that was right in front of them. It was then that Holy Spirit began to speak words of clarity to me. He said, "That person had shifted their attention to the other people and taken their eyes off of the light. The light told them to remain still and not to move. But they were watching the other cars move and without thinking, just went with the flow."

Needless to say, I could not help but think about how common this is in the life of the Believer. How often have we taken our eyes off Jesus and the directions that He has given us for life, only to focus on those around us and we end up moving when they move. Just like the stoplight experience, we move even though we are not going in the same direction. We move, even though it is not our turn to do so.