"Don't look directly at the sun," an adult cautions. The warning comes across the years of my memory.
But I want to look at the sun. It has been too long absent from my life. It's commanding presence beckons me to take a peek.
Don't look directly at the sun. Wise advice to follow, to some extent. In life though, what I think the world needs most is to look directly at the son, or more importantly, to not take our eyes off of the son.
When my eyes are on Jesus and his love for me, I am confident in who I am. I do not have to perform in order to prove my worth to those around me.
When I look at Jesus, I see he is beside me through the trials of my day. I can have peace when the chaos around me screams the loudest.
When my eyes remain on Jesus, I do not worry about tomorrow. I trust that he will give me what I need when I need it the most. He does not always give me answers but he always gives me himself - and that is enough.
So, look at the son. Study the son. Bask in the warmth of the son. Ask him what he thinks about you. And smile the next time the sky shines in radiance.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36 NIV)
Lord, I want to keep my eyes on you and not on the world around me or the circumstances that change. Thank you for being the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.