We don’t like it when things come out of the blue and happen without our consent. We don’t like it when things come up that we didn’t budget for or that don’t fit into our life plans for ourselves and our families.
When something like this happens to us, it is way too easy to develop tunnel vision. We can only see the problem. We are too close to the traumatic event. Emotionally and physically we are too close to the situation that it is nearly impossible to keep things in perspective.
This could be a sudden illness or death. It could be a divorce. It could be losing a friend. This could be an injury that keeps us from playing the sport we’ve always loved and won’t have many more chances to play in this context. It could be a criticism or critique that comes unexpectedly when we thought things were going really well. It could be a sudden job loss when we were already hard pressed to make ends meet. It could be a friend or family member walking away from his or her faith.
The “somethings” are endless, aren’t they? But, if we respond with tunnel vision, our response will most likely not be tempered with godly wisdom, discernment, or good attitude. Tunnel vision restricts our ability to put things in perspective, like the Israelites in Exodus 14.
Moses had just brought them out of Egypt, out of slavery and imprisonment, because God was freeing them. As Moses leads the people as God’s representative, the Israelites start freaking out. As soon as they got out of Egypt, the Egyptian army then started coming after them. The army is closing in behind, and there is a huge sea in front of them. They have nowhere to go, and they think how much better it would’ve been to remain a slave than to die her in the desert. They had tunnel vision. All they could see was what was physically in front and behind of them.
Moses had other plans. Moses sought out God’s plans. Moses had confidence in God’s ability, even though on the surface things looked hopeless:
Exodus 14:13 – “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.'”
Maybe you are in a hopeless situation. Maybe you are lost and confused and don’t know where to turn or what to do or what to say or what to think. Maybe you are paralyzed by your situation right now. There is only one place to turn: the feet of Jesus. Turn it over, lay it down, trust in Him.
The situation or circumstance or choice may not immediately go away, but your tunnel vision can. And once your tunnel vision goes away, you can begin seeing things through God’s eyes, God’s purpose, God’s plan. You can begin to see that life with God is better than life without God. He makes all things new. He restores and gives purpose. He redeems and provides freedom and eternal life through faith Jesus Christ.
All of these things are available to you. God transforms tunnel vision into truth vision. You can begin fighting your situation with the Truth of God’s Word, and Truth will always triumph. Don’t give up hope. Give in to God and trust Him. He’s got a better plan than us anyway (Prov. 3:5-6, 16:25).