When I was learning to drive, the driving instructor told me the best way to safely drive through a curve was to look into the curve. He was telling me to look at the center of the curve. In doing that, he insured me I would be more efficient to navigate the curve.
In life you have bends to deal with. You have hard, difficult circumstances to get through that make you slow down. Anxiety that comes out of nowhere. A sickness that you had not anticipated makes you apply the brakes. A curve in your straight path has arrived and you must navigate it.
Momentary afflictions in life slow you down and create a “curve” for you to navigate in life. Where you look makes all the difference in how well you get through these times. Stopping on the road is not an option to get through a curve. If you stop, you’re stuck and not going ahead. You must look into the curve you are to navigate. You must set your vision on the core that will get you out of the curve.
2 Corinthians 4 give guidance you can use for curves in life. Beginning at verse 16 it says you don’t have to lose heart or get discouraged though it seems impossible, hard, and you can’t see what is around the bend in the road. Look into the curve and keep going.
The struggle is real. This is the curve you are to navigate right now. It may be sharper and more severe than other curves in your life. But in the grand scheme of things, this one curve is only for a moment and it is very little when compared to the great value of what will be realized when you come out of it.
Focusing on the core of the curve and not on what is see right now is essential. When you focus on the core, you recognize that the center is getting you to come out of the bend. When you focus on what is in the curve and coming out of the other side, you experience refreshment. You recognize the curve was necessary to get you to the final destination. When you are at the final destination in life, the road to get there will only be a distant memory.
What are you struggling with today that seems to be robbing your joy, stealing your strength, and making you stop along the way? Look into the curve. Look at the core. Don’t stop. Keep going. Recognize moving, no matter how slowly, looking into the curve, will get you out safely on the other side of the bend. Let focusing on the center of the curve renew you as you navigate safely through to the final destination.
Suggested Scripture Meditation: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Written By: Anne Gurley