Look up into the heavens. Isaiah 40:26a
I was thinking about this verse and it occurred to me that when I am looking up I can see God at work.
When I am looking down all I see is myself and the world.
I don't know about you, but looking at my own life and the rest of the world has a tendency to bring me down.
There's a lot of dissension and turmoil on this earth. Most of the time you don't have to look very far to see it. It's in our relationships and it's plastered all over the headlines of the news and social media.
I can recall a time in years past--before the days of social media--when I felt overwhelmed by the bad news in the world. I felt helpless to do anything about anything. My choice was to remove myself from so much of the negativity for a time.
In the past month I kept seeing verse showing up. I took notice of it and then it took me back to a time more than eight years ago.
I was attending a retreat when the speaker felt led to change the topic on which she was planning to speak. The main thing I remembered from that retreat was the feeling that God was telling me when things get rough to look up. The speaker repeated that phrase several times.
There was nothing in particular going on in my life at that time. Little did I know that within days that my world was going to change due to the loss of a loved one. As I walked through those dark days, those words came back to me.
I looked up. I relied on the Lord to carry me through. It wasn't easy, but the load was lighter since I wasn't bearing it all myself. When I looked up I was also able to observe how God was working all around me. I could see the comfort he was providing in tangible ways. I could still see the beauty around me. My gaze wasn't focused downward on myself.
Fast forward to the present. When this scripture kept coming to my attention, I took notice. It reminded me that whatever was coming, look up.
If life becomes overwhelming, look up.
If I don't know what to do, look up.
If I'm feeling sad, look up.
If I'm feeling joyful, look up.
Just look up.
Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord. He gives power to the weak. He comforts those in trouble. He never tires or grows weary.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Read the entire 40th chapther of Isaiah here.