Keep Your Eyes on the Prize is a folk song that became popular during the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. It could just as well be a marching song for following Jesus.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:21 that, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. In the previous verse He admonishes His disciples to “store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven.” The notes in my wide-margin Bible, dated November 7, 2006, ask Jesus to let me see only heaven that day. I was in the early stages of depression at the time, with the worst to follow. It was like having a cold that later turned into pneumonia. What seeing only heaven meant at that time, I didn’t know, but I learned it in the crucible of my suffering.
God did not cause my depression, but He allowed it, and in the darkness He taught me that He was the light to bring me out of depression. I was in the classroom of depression for four years before the lesson was firmly learned – to keep my eyes on the prize through good times and bad. My graduation present was His leading me out of the most horrible affliction I’ve ever experienced.