Several years ago I wanted to get my motorcycle license, so I signed up to take lessons at MATC here in Madison, WI. During the class they taught us how important it was to look through the bend or curve in the road so we didn’t lose control. It also allowed you to see if there were sandy spots or dangerous places on the road. After they taught us this concept in the class, we all had to go out to the course and try it on the motorcycles.
I remember feeling nervous during my first several attempts because everything within me just wanted to look directly at the road in front of my wheel. But when I did that the handle bars would begin to wobble and shake. Finally I got it, but it was so hard to break myself out of the habit of looking down and not up.
This same lesson can be applied in life. Sometimes we can get so focused on the situation directly in front of us, it debilitates us from seeing the bigger picture and moving forward. We get focused or caught up in worry, frustration, doubt, unbelief, and fear. These things cause us to be unstable and distract from seeing what truly is ahead.
When we keep our eyes focused on things above, the road naturally rises up to meet us. It might seem for a moment like the complete opposite of how you should respond, but as you look up and trust the Father’s leading, you move forward with greater stability, strength, and speed.
I want to encourage you today to look up. Don’t focus on the small stuff, but look ahead to the bigger picture and the road the Father is leading you on. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6