Sometimes I Forget to Look Up

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Several weeks ago my husband and I were taking a long walk late in the day. Perfect weather. Great conversation. I was enjoying myself, but, as is far too often the case, my eyes were mostly on the path. Some part of me must always be thinking I might stumble or step on a snake or…

After a while, I happened to glance up and finally saw a beautiful sunset beginning to amass its colors across the sky. ‘Almost missed that!  But I didn’t miss the lesson in the metaphor.  How often do we forget to look up? That is, how often do we get so ground down in to the details (a.k.a. difficulties) of the present moment that we forget Who is in charge, Who gave us the tasks we are about, and Who will carry us through.

I’ve always wondered how Peter could sink after walking on water. Now I think I know. He forgot to look up. He probably started out walking with his eyes fixed on Jesus, then took a good long look at those waves. He “what if’d” himself into a world of worry, and down he started to go.

Psalm 121 says “I will lift my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth…” Not that God is just “up there.” Heavens no! But it’s hard to look into the vastness of the heavens and not think about the God who is there, who is here, who is all around us and always has our backs.

So, next time things are looking tough, don’t forget to look up.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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