"Keep Looking Up" - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. - Psalm 16:8
Where you fix your eyes will determine your outlook on your day. The direction in which you look will either build your hope or tear it down. When you look around, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Why? All around you, you see Christians falling away from the truth, crime against children, injustice because of economic lack, war because of pride, hunger because of mis-placed values, and joblessness because of corporate greed.
When you look around, you see young and old people living as if there is no God. You see co-workers who have traded in their first love for temporary satisfaction. You see children who are acting like adults and adults who are acting like children. You see churches that have forgotten who is truly in charge. You see personal finances that are totally out of control and you see strangers taking advantage of Senior Citizens and children. Looking around is enough to cause you to wake up, to roll over, to pull the covers over your head and to go back to sleep. It is enough to inundate the strongest faith, to deluge the most steadfast hope, and to engulf the most resilient trust in God.
When you are in a standing position and you look down, you see the ground, the floor, the pavement; the lowest point. The ground denotes uncleanness and unsanitary conditions. Yes, when you look down, you see litter. You see dirt. You see things that have been discarded for various reasons. Children are taught that if food falls out of their hand and hits the ground or the floor, it is dirty and they are not to put it in their mouth due to the germs, the grime and the dirtiness of the ground.
Looking down and looking around is cause for disillusionment. Looking down and looking around will paint a picture of hopelessness, gloom, and despair.
There is another direction to look and that is up. Looking up on a beautiful day refreshes the soul. It puts life in perspective. It gives clarity to ambiguity. It appears to give meaning to our existence. The mere presence of the blue sky with the white clouds moving ever so slowly against it paints a picture of order, serenity, and hope. The clear sky gives the soul a breath of fresh air.
The Psalmist says, “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8) In other words, begin every day looking up, not necessarily physically, but spiritually. When you wake up and before you get out of bed, look up toward heaven and say, “Thank you Lord for another day. Thank you Lord for a relationship with you. Thank you because as I look around my home, all is well and everyone is accounted.”
As you get out of bed each day, look up toward heaven and say, “Thank you Lord because I am able to put one foot in front of the other.” If you are walking with the assistance of a wheel chair, a walker, or a cane, look up and say, “Thank you Lord I may be moving a little slow, but I am able to move and take care of myself.” If you have to depend on other people to move you because you can no longer move yourself, look up and say, “Thank you Lord for the people you put in my life with the compassion to do for me what I can no longer do for myself.” When you wake up looking up, nothing will shake you. Nothing will move you. Nothing will disturb you because with God at your right hand. The only way to go is up.
Today and everyday, keep looking up.
Additional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.