As I was driving to work I saw a man calmly sitting on his front porch. Now that might not seem unusual unless you saw how he was sitting. He was in a chair, drinking his morning coffee but he was seated facing his front door. Instead of enjoying the beautiful view from his porch, he was staring at his door.
Now, he may have had a good reason to be sitting like this but his unusual positioning painted a perfect picture for the way many of us view life. Rather than taking in the full view of life, we focus on one problem and develop tunnel vision. Tunnel vision is a term used to describe what we tend to see when we are under stress. Our vision is constricted…just as if we were looking through a tunnel. We can see that small, narrow view but anything beyond that is simply ignored. Isn’t that often the way we view life? We can’t see anything except for that one problem right in front of us. In fact, the answer to our problem might become obvious if we simply widened our view.
I’m reminded of the story of the disciples caught in the terrible storm while crossing the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were so caught up in the problem of the storm that they forgot the answer to their problem was asleep in the back of the boat. When the disciples finally looked beyond their storm and widened their view, Jesus answered their request. In Mark, chapter 4, we read this, And Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
As you face problems that surface in your life, remember not to develop tunnel vision and be like that man who stared at his front door. Widen your view and remember that just as Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, He can calm the storms in your life.