From Where Does My Help Come
I often advised my cousin against staring nonstop at his phone screen. Instead, I suggested he take breaks every ten minutes, looking up and focusing elsewhere. In these moments, I realized that this same principle also applies to our spiritual lives.
Delving into the intricacies of the human eye reveals a fascinating property: when focusing on close objects, such as reading, the eye muscles tense. This action stretches the eyeball muscles, increasing the lens's curvature to ensure the focal point of incoming rays aligns with the retina. Ophthalmologists recommend taking short breaks from reading or electronic screens to gaze at a distant object. This allows the eye muscles to relax and rejuvenate.
Similarly, in our spiritual journey, continuously focusing on challenges, difficulties, and problems can fatigue the eyes of our heart and soul. By pausing, and redirecting our gaze towards the eternal promises, especially the boundless mercy and love of God, we rejuvenate our spirit. We fortify our spiritual sight.
Hence, let us frequently lift our eyes and hearts to the heavens and pray: “I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121.1-2).