Look Up!

“Look up . . . “

“Look up at the sky!  Who created the stars you see?  The one who leads them out like an army,
 he knows how many there are and calls each one by name!  His power is so great—

 not one of them is ever missing!” (Isaiah 40:26)


Recently I was working on a couple of projects in our driveway.  For some reason I looked up and was astounded by what I saw.  The rich blue of the sky, the spring green of the leaves, the sun striking the leaves from the bottom with some in shadows – all of it melded together to form a splendid moment of awe, wonder, and thanksgiving.  What a gift!   It also got me to wondering . . .

Don’t forget to look up.  It’s really an amazing phenomenon if you stop to think about it.  Try it for yourself.  First focus your eyes on the ground and pay attention to your range of view.  If you look straight down there’s little you can see and take in accept for what’s directly beneath you.  Then slowly raise your head and notice how you’re able to take in more and more.  Finally, as you’re looking to heaven, you can take in miles and miles and miles of wondrous territory.

Looking up takes us out of our moment and reconnects us with the universal.  Looking up reminds us that we’re not confined to this place, time, or circumstance.  Looking up reminds us that we are children of God and therefore citizens of heaven.  Several times in the gospels it tells us that Jesus was about to do something and looked up to heaven.  Even though looking up broadens our view, it also helps keep us focused. Looking up reminds us that we are first followers of our God who created and keeps all the stars in line.  Looking up reminds us to lead from that view and not from any limited, “looking down view” that might distort or attempt to countermand God’s marching orders for us.  Looking up reconnects us with our life source, both now and eternally.  Looking up can lift us from our pain, anger, distortions, misguided assumptions, and more.  Looking up can offer us hope.  Don’t forget to look up!

I pray that God will keep me looking up, and pointing others to do the same.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

Help save lives! For more information on my book, “A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression,” visit http://www.survivingteendepression.com.

My other book, “Wednesday Wonderings: Spiritual Journaling Through a Lens” is available at http://www.wipfandstock.com and http://www.amazon.com.

Check out my video, “Teens Surviving the Storm” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1hSpxC_G24

~ by revgenelson on May 10, 2017.

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