Faith & Life: When Tunnel Vision Negatively Impacts You
Turning to the Lord in Faith for Peace and Rest
by Joanne Troppello
Have you ever experienced tunnel vision in your lifetime? You know, when you might tend to focus solely on one thing and only that thing. Now, that can become a good thing if you have tunnel vision for a short period of time when you’re trying to finish a task or complete a project.
However, tunnel vision can become an issue if you are honing in on a problem you have and can’t stop thinking about it, and are not able to give it over to God in prayer. Or maybe you have tunnel vision regarding a political point of view, and you are not able to speak in a civil tone to someone with an opposing viewpoint. That’s happening a lot right now in our country. Your tunnel vision may have come into play regarding certain relationships you have, and you just can’t see beyond the hurt that someone has caused you.
I wrote the following poem a few years ago about someone dealing with tunnel vision and this fictional person is seeking freedom from the oppression of not being able to avoid the voices raging in his mind.
He runs through the tunnel,
arms swinging wildly at his sides.
Damp walls enclose him
as he runs with booted feet
sloshing in a stream of fetid water.
Run, keep moving, he tells
himself over and over.
The only way to freedom
is to pass through into the light.
He runs as voices scream in his head.
Pushing his body to the limit,
he glides through the tunnel.
A hint of fresh air tingles
his senses and he feels freedom
coming quickly around the bend.
© Joanne Troppello
Granted, this poem is a bit of an excessive example of tunnel vision. However, I was trying to get the point across symbolically, that sometimes we just need to keep moving forward—through the pain, anger, broken relationship, or lost faith—until we can round the bend and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Dealing with Tunnel Vision
There have been many times in my own life where I’ve had tunnel vision. Mostly that I was so focused on the problem that I couldn’t see straight to give it over to God. Or I gave it to God and then kept snatching it out of His capable hands because I thought He wasn’t answering quickly enough or maybe He wasn’t hearing me, and I had to find a solution on my own.
One passage of scripture that has truly helped me through such difficult times is found in Matthew 11:25-30 when Jesus was speaking about how we cannot know the Father without knowing Jesus and how we can find true rest in Christ.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:25-30 (NKJV)
Those three verses (vs 28-30) at the end of the passage (vs 25-30) resonated with me so many times. When we are weary from laboring through life, the answer is simple—yet we make it so difficult for ourselves. Jesus says to come to Him, and He will give us rest. We can find rest for our weary souls when we spend time in prayer, read God’s Word, and praise the Lord. Jesus’s yoke is indeed easy, and His burden is light.
Has there been a time in your life when you’ve had tunnel vision?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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