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Eye on the Prize

Good morning. It is Thursday, April 28, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

I spent my 8th grade school year living with my papa and grams. It was a good year. It was a reprieve from my homelife. It wasn’t horrible at home, but my stepdad and I did not get along much of the time. I didn’t like him, and I would “poke the bear” as it were. One of my last memories before mom allowed me to live with my grandparents, was him chasing me around the pool table and me screaming for my mom. My poor mother! I wish I could go back and change things. I wish I could go back and be a better teenager. But then who of us wouldn’t go back and change some things if we could?

It was the 1976-77 school year. Grams and I were headed to Medford, I believe to look for my dress for my 8th grade graduation. Grandma decided to get behind an 18-wheeler and follow him. He was traveling a bit over the speed limit and grandma reasoned that she would be safe following a trucker. Turns out that was not the case.

Suddenly out of nowhere, a state police car pulled up beside her in the fast lane and motioned for her to pull over. Next, he got behind the trucker and turned his lights on. He pulled both vehicles over! Both grandma and the truckdriver got a ticket that day.

Isn’t that so often the way of the world? We decide to follow someone, and we end up getting in trouble, when what we really needed to do was keep our eyes on Jesus.

Eyes. Such amazing miracles of creation!

According to by a fetus’ third week, the brain starts developing the eyes’ inner workings. says our eyes are connected to the brain by the optic nerve. Much like a fiber optic cable, the optic nerve is made up of more than one million tiny nerve fibers. This nerve cannot be reconnected once it has been severed.

I cannot wrap my head around the complexity of the eye. For people that do not believe in a Creator God I say, just look at the eye. That stuff cannot happen by accident, but only by design.

Amazing Eye Facts

  • Your eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain.

  • Your eyes are composed of more than 2 million working parts.

  • The average person blinks 12 times per minute – about 10,000 blinks in an average day.

  • Your eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.

  • Only 1/6th of your eyeball is exposed to the outside world.

  • The external muscles that move the eyes are the strongest in the human body for the job that they need to do.

  • The eye is the only part of the human body that can function at 100% ability any time, day or night, without rest.

  • Your eyes contribute to 85% of your total knowledge.

  • Your eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and your ears never stop growing.

  • The eyes are very complex and work very much like a camera.

  • The human eye is remarkable. It accommodates to changing lighting conditions and focuses light rays originating from various distances from the eye. When all the components of the eye function properly, light is converted to impulses and conveyed to the brain, where an image is perceived. (Source: (*)

It is of extreme important that we fix our eyes on Jesus and not the world or the people around us.

When I was a young teen, we used to go bowling. I had my own bowling ball with my initials engraved in it and my own bowling bag, purple. After bowling a few games, we would head to Pizza Hut. Those are good memories! But the thing with bowling is you must focus your eyes on the pins. Your eyes must stay fixed on the exact spot where you want your ball to go. Not on the lane, not on your shoes, not on your ball, not on the people to your left or right, but at the end of the lane, at the pins.

Mathew 6:22-23 describes the eye as the lamp of the body. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good (clear or healthy), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad (evil or unhealthy), your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” NKJV

“Are you familiar with the sport of horse racing?...Do you know it is customary before the race to put blinders on the horse? The purpose of this is so the horses will not see each other. Horses with blinders will not look to the right or the left. So, when the horses race around the track, all the horses see is what is in front, not each other….you will find yourself in frustrating, discouraging, and maybe even upsetting situations. We need to remember to keep our eyes focused on Christ in those times. It is pretty easy to lose sight of our Christian beliefs when overshadowed by adversity and grief. Life can be overwhelming at times. There can be troubles and problems; we all go through this.” (*)

The same is true if we start looking at friends or family members, if we start looking at the world, instead of Jesus, we are doomed to fail. If we decide to follow someone else, hoping or believing they will keep us from safe, we are doomed. The only we will make it out of this situation alive, is to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Look at the man Jesus. Look at the Son of God: Jesus. Look at the friend and Savior who is Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him.

“looking unto Jesus, the author (or originator) and finisher (or perfecter) of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

I will leave you with the chorus of one of my favorite songs, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

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