My daughter and I were discussing Figure Skating in the Olympics. We were amazed that the skaters do so many spins without getting dizzy and falling. Having much more time than money, I took time to go to the internet for answers. I found many explanations, some more helpful than others.
There was one technique in particular that I found most interesting. A skater locks their eyes on a fixed point as they slow down or come out of a spin. By fixing their sight on a landmark, it helps them orient themselves even though the fluid in their ears that aid in balance keeps spinning. This approach held a life lesson for me.
It seems to me that the events in the world in which we live move at a dizzying pace. It makes my head spin. A secular song by Tommy Roe gives expression to my feelings: “I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning like a whirlpool, it never ends.” I have found help for this condition in a concept similar to the method used by skaters. Scripture encourages me to fix my eyes on Jesus. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV). Because I believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), I am able to look at Him as the fixed point that stabilizes me in these whirling times.
Because the Lord reveals Himself in the Bible, reading His word helps me see Him when I feel I am beginning to spin out of control. I can also see Him reflected in the lives of Christian friends. The course of the worship song “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen Lemmel speaks to my heart and helps steady me:
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.
I have carried another Christian course in my mind from my youth group days, “In the morning, I see His face. In the evening, His form I trace. In the darkness, His voice I know. I see Jesus everywhere I go.” A simple truth for living successfully in this twirling world is to fix our gaze on the Lord Jesus.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
~ Brother Roy