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Earworm: noun – a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind
I often wake up in the morning with a song playing in my mind; an earworm that follows me through my day. It can be an old hymn learned in my childhood or the latest contemporary Christian tune. Sometimes is something silly like a television theme song or something one of my children made up. Recently, the song of the morning was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, text and music by Helen H. Lemmel . I remember singing this hymn in the small Baptist church I attended when I was young. You may be familiar with the chorus: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”.
The Things of Earth
I always assumed the things of earth referred to material possessions or worldly pleasures. Of course, we should turn our focus away from those things and towards Jesus. But, I had a new thought that morning. The news reports of the tragic things going on in this world could be considered the things of earth. Wars, senseless acts of violence, natural disasters, all of these are of this earth. If I am not careful, I can let the bad news I hear on television or see on the internet drive me to despair. So, that is when I need to heed the message of the hymn. I am not saying I should bury my head in the sand and pretend everything is rosy. These events should and do drive me to my knees in prayer. But, when I do turn my eyes upon Jesus, even these frightening events grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2