Milkweed grows abundantly in our pastures. The monarchs that migrate through our Oklahoma farm land love making their home here. While I am holding balance postures during my Christ-centered yoga practice it is important to engage, align and then find my drishti, a fixed gaze. Now, I can choose to fix my eyes on a magnificently painted monarch but they flutter and flirt and are quickly gone. I could fix my gaze on the flowers they feed from but as captivating as the zinnias are they wave to and fro with the slightest breeze. I am sure you can imagine how trying to balance with eyes on moving objects causes me to wiggle and wobble. As delightful as the butterflies and flowers are I cannot find stillness within myself by gazing on these movable beauties. I must find an anchored drishti.
The Apostle Paul shows us the importance of such a gaze in Hebrews 12:1-2,
Let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith… (AMP).
I know it is your desire to run this race well and strong. However, sometimes we become distracted and thereby weary. The key to Christian endurance is setting our drishti on Jesus.
Psalm 16 verse 8 speaks about how to keep from wiggling and wobbling in our practice of being Christ devotees.
I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (AMP)
Jesus is that immovable, anchored drishti! When the eyes of our heart are set on Him we find stillness. We find peace. While the storm rages around us, even within us, we will be steadfast because our gaze is upon the unchangeable one.
Not long before I turned 16 my family returned to Alaska from the mission field. While my peers already obtained their driving permits I had never been behind the wheel of a car. It was an icy, blustery day when my dad first took me out on the road. One of the best points of guidance he gave me was to keep my eyes where I wanted the vehicle to go. Sure enough, if I looked to the side, my car would begin to drift off coarse. If I kept it up it wouldn’t take long before I would easily end up buried in a snowbank.
We have all taken our eyes off the road and gone off coarse at some time in our journey with Jesus. Perhaps we have gotten so far off the path we found other trails and navigated treacherous terrain not being able to find our way back to the road.
For as many years as I have had relationship with God there has been a handful of times I wanted to do things my way, but like the story of the prodigal son there came a time I wanted to find my way home. Listen. The father will run to meet you before you even get there. Luke 15 tells us of the parable of the lost sheep. The Good Shepherd will joyfully gather you to himself and throw a party! You need only turn your heart towards home.
That is what setting your drishti on Jesus is all about. It is a daily discipline to stop right where you are and decide where you want to be. Reengage. Realign. And refocus your drishti. You will never be too stuck or too lost or too far gone for the Good Shepherd to meet you right where you are. As the traditional hymn written by Helen Lemmel reminds us, “turn your eyes upon Jesus.”