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Fix Your Eyes // by Bailey Edrington

By March 30, 2017All Posts

Exhausted, I squeezed into the window seat on the final plane ride transporting me from a wonderful week in Haiti back to my sweet home in Texas. My heart was racing, my legs were aching and tears began to fill my eyes as the final stages of sickness began to set in.

Philippians 4:4-5
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ”

Along with several other sweet members of the team, I had been battling food poisoning all day in the Miami airport. Needless to say, a seven-hour layover and an hour plane delay had not fared well for my morale and, quite honestly, the last thing I wanted to do in that moment was rejoice.

As I settled into my seat next to a complete stranger, the floodgates opened: I could not hold back my tears. My body was overcome with aches and chills, I was exhausted, hungry but afraid to eat, all I wanted to do was sleep but I could not get comfortable or stop shaking…I was miserable.

It would be an understatement to say I was anxious to get home.

Philippians 4: 6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

With tears streaming down my face, I tossed and turned in my little airplane seat by the window, praying, “Lord, just let me sleep.” The aches were just getting worse and the chills were making my entire body shake.

About 30 minutes later, as I was weeping into my pillow counting down how much time remained in this awful flight, the sweet man next to me looked over and asked if he could pray for me. Between sobs I eagerly said yes. He then put his hand upon the back of my neck and said sickness was not welcome in my body and I was healed in Jesus’ name.

I whispered “amen” to myself and readjusted in my seat.

Philippians 4:7
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

About ten minutes passed and my chills began to fade away and my aches started to subside. It wasn’t long before I fell asleep, peaceful.

An hour or so later, I stretched my arms, rubbed my eyes and realized how well rested I was. I assessed how I was feeling: no chills, no aches and no more stomach ache. I sat up straight and knew one thing without a shadow of a doubt: the Lord answered our prayers.

The kind man asked me how I was feeling, and when I said, “Much better,” he smiled and said, “Jesus did that.”

My heart leapt with joy! How cool of our Heavenly Father? What the enemy had intended to discourage and distract from God’s goodness and faithfulness, the Father used to increase my faith, heal my body and strengthen my spirit.

Our Almighty Healer met me in seat 28J to show me the power of prayer, make it known just how much He loves me and swaddle me in His incomprehensible peace.

What a precious picture of His unending grace! I did nothing to merit His kindness— I was anxious, I did not trust him, I wasn’t rejoicing…I did nothing Philippians 4:4-5 instructed me to do. Nevertheless, He heard our prayers.

I believe the key to Philippians 4:4-7 is prayer. How do we unlock gentleness? How do we get a taste of heavenly peace? How do we learn to rejoice even in the midst of turmoil? Prayer. Not only does prayer unlock the power of God, but it focuses our eyes on our sweet Savior.

There is no room for worry when we lock eyes with the One who holds the world in His hands, the Author and Finisher of our faith, the One whom the winds and waves obey.

While I had taken my eyes off Jesus and placed them on my illness in that moment, the man of God next to me extended his hand and interceded for me, all the while never losing sight of his Savior and Healer. When the winds of my soul had calmed and the waves stilled, there was no mistaking the kind eyes of a smiling Jesus, knowingly whispering, “Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:49)

I believe Philippians 4:4-7 (as well as every other word and page in the Bible) serves as a reminder to fix our eyes on our Savior, because only there will we find rest and peace and satisfaction. His grace is sufficient for us, He is worthy of all praise.

May we continue to fix our eyes on the lover of our souls every day for the rest of our lives!

Psalm 16:8
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

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