Blinders and dilation may appear to have little if anything in common, but when it comes to focus they’re quite similar.
Blinders are placed on horses’ eyes so they are focused in one direction thereby keeping them from being distracted or frightened by surrounding objects. This in turn deters the animal from turning his head and keeps him plodding ahead in a forward direction.
Pupils are dark circles in the middle of the eye that allow light to penetrate. Dilation occurs when the pupil’s size increases allowing in more light. This normally transpires when entering a dark area where more light is required to see. When we enter brightly lighted areas, our pupils constrict because our eyes are receiving adequate light.
Dilation enables our eyes to adjust and thereby reap the greatest benefits of seeing, while fixation keeps them focused in a single direction. The same principles apply in our spiritual walk. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2 NLT).
When our eyes are centered on Jesus, our pupils constrict so stubbornness, unbelief, misplaced priorities and unnecessary dependency on others are kept out of our sight range. Such traits rein us in, causing us to swing our heads from side to side instead of glaring straight ahead. Simultaneously, focusing on Jesus allows our pupils to dilate so love, concern, kindness, forgiveness, joy, patience and peace can flood our eyes, seep into our minds and flow out into our actions. Fix your eyes on Jesus so he can dilate them to receive all he has in store for you.
Prayer: God of grace and mercy, keep us focused on You so we can be changed and then change others with Your love.