I hate snakes. I hate them so much that I hate anything that looks like a snake, acts like a snake or moves like one – that would include worms! I hate anything that is related to a snake – any reptile, like lizards. Guess what beaches and warm weather attract? You guessed it – lizards – the snakes even uglier cousin!
Last week while at the pool area on the first day, my chair was right next to the edge of the concrete. On the other side of the concrete/fenced area were tall grasses and sand and…lizards! I saw them zooming here and there, always in a hurry. (I’m sure they were scurrying to scare other vacationers!) I was okay with them being on that side of the fence, but when I saw one come under the fence and run over to the rocks in front of me, I thought I would die!!! Those rocks were where I had to set my feet to get out of my chair! Ahhhh! My skin was crawling and I was squirming, filled with fear. I failed to mention that I was also squealing, but if you know me at all, you would have assumed that!
In the meantime, my husband is happy as a clam in his chair. He was watching the parisailers flying above the ocean, commenting about the beauty of the day.
ALL I SEE ARE LIZARDS!!!
It was then that I realized I had to get a handle on this. Here I was looking into the grasses waiting for a lizard (who, I’m assuming, would be more afraid of me…and he should be!)! I decided then and there that I was going to stop looking for the lizards and keep my eyes upward. I could slip my sandals on and avoid stepping on a lizard, should he be dumb enough to sun himself on a rock near me!
Guess what? I never saw another one all week! I know it’s not because they all left the beach, but my focus was turned from them.
Isn’t it so easy to get our focus on our worries and forget to look up and trust our heavenly Father? We miss all He is doing. We miss out on the beauty He was created around us. We miss out on telling our family about God’s goodness – all because we’re focused on our “lizards.” It’s what we talk about, dream about and look at.
What “lizards” do you have in your life? Are you worried about a person? A situation? A need? A health issue? It’s important and even urgent that you stop worrying and start putting your eyes on the Lord. Why? Because
Focusing on Christ instead of the anxiety at hand
has the capability to change
your situation, your attitude and your influence!
- Your situation – God is omnipotent. You cannot change the situation, but He is able to do so! Have faith and trust Him to do what only He can do!
- Your attitude – When you focus on Christ, He replaces your paralysis with peace, your jitters with joy and your moaning with mirth!
- Your influence – People enjoy being with someone who trusts instead of tremors! Who wants to be with someone who’s always screaming about their “lizards?!” What worrier do you long to be with so they can go on and on about their woes? I’m sure my husband was glad when I let the lizards go and started enjoying the fun he was having. We will only have a powerful influence in others’ lives if we are triumphing over worry!
God is bigger than our “lizards,” so enjoy your day!