Tunnel Vision

Yesterday I woke up feeling irritable and groggy. I had a massive headache and felt as if I’d been hit by a train. All morning long I carried around a “Woe is me!” attitude. After a few hours of this self-inflicted misery, I finally sat down and opened my Bible to 1 John 4:7-16.

My whole outlook changed within a matter of minutes. I no longer felt sorry for myself. In fact, I wasn’t even thinking about myself at all. Instead, my heart was lifted and encouraged as I began to think about God and His amazing love.

God’s love is mind-boggling. It’s hard to understand why He would choose to pour out His grace and mercy upon such imperfect, stubborn, and rebellious people. But, thankfully, He does! God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for us to experience the full extent of God’s love. However, this love isn’t given to us for our enjoyment alone. God pours out His love into our lives so that we might share His love with others.

I realized after my time in the Word that I had been suffering from tunnel vision. Tunnel vision, from a medical standpoint, is the loss of peripheral vision, or side views, which means that our eyes can only see what is right in front of us. Because I was so concerned about my own problems, my gaze was limited to me, myself, and I.

When life gets you down and you feel your vision narrowing, spend a few minutes with God, and focus your attention on Him. His love is the remedy for spiritual tunnel vision. Once you take your eyes off yourself, your peripheral vision will return, and you’ll be free to share God’s love with those around you.

“Since God loved us, we also ought to love one another. If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 4:11,12a

Comments

  1. Hi! I’m visiting from MBC. Great blog.

  2. Hi, Veronica! Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. I’ve been impressed by the MBC family already. Just joined a few days ago and have received so much support. I need to spend some time getting to know other moms and their blogs! 🙂 Thanks again!