The early morning hunter must have it. The athlete must have it. The heart surgeon must have it.
None of them, however, have as much of it as a dog on a point.
Moses, my German Shorthaired pointer, has mastered the art of pointing. Striking a pose is what he does best. Westminster judges would surely be impressed. Bird dogs are professionals. Locating a hunter’s prize is what they were bred to do. Directing attention to the prey is what they do best. Moses’ choice of prey? Don’t laugh…Flies.
If you want to see focus come witness Moses point at a fly. No fly stands a chance of survival when it mistakenly enters the interior of our house…or the exterior of our house. A hunter is lurking nearby who will ensure that whatever plans the fly had are short lived. When he finds it, there is hardly a distraction that can alter his stance. I have watched over ten minutes go by without him ceasing to let go of the staring contest between him and the black speck on the wall.
At the nonchalant mention of the word “fly”, Moses comes running. “Where is it? I will save you from it”, he claims. His mission and goal at the moment are the primary focus.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”- Proverbs 4:25-27
Where does your life stand at this moment? Where is your focus? Think about your steps along that path before you. Is it a narrow one? Or does its width expand so far that your finite eyes become overstimulated with the scenery?
Remember that ole saying “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction…”? Oh wait, that’s not a saying. It’s a reminder from scripture.
If you are a child of the One True King, you have a mission. You have a purpose. You have a goal. Like a soldier in battle you are equipped to complete this mission. Do not make the mistake of straying from the narrow path that leads to righteousness. Things of the world are often attractive…what the world has to offer is often tempting. But remember this, wandering eyes only bring heartache.
If Moses releases his glance off the fly…If he releases the stance of his point…the prey gets away and the mission is aborted. Keep your eyes focused and your stance prepared for the assignment!