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In the hectic and heavy on the work of work/life balance routine, I’m walking a lot with my new bestie. He needs double the miles I do, he has double the legs after all. Only after a couple miles, does he start slowing a little. On early morning journeys, I tend to drift and daydream, getting lost in thought.
I also suffer from the same affliction we all do from time to time. Head down, enthralled by our screens, lost in the worries of the day. We lose onward and upward focus, by living ‘head down, in the trenches’.
All too often, I find myself in that head down mode, even on a walk. But this morning, I heard a small, still voice say (as in the beautiful lyrics of Lauren Daigle’s song “Look Up, Child”). Five seconds later, to my left across an open clearing was the beginning of a gorgeous, colorful sunrise.
God has those sly little ways of reminding us of his glory, if you look up. Ninety-five times in the Bible, a variation of ‘look(ed) up’ is found in the Bible. Many of them result in seeing something miraculous.
I’d seen what I dare call miraculous a couple days prior. Some friends and I had a girls’ weekend at a VRBO called DuHart Farms . The decks encircled the home with incredible views, picturesque vistas stretching for miles across the hills near Chattanooga.
The Perseids were winding down for the year. The photo in the linked article pretty accurately shows what two of five of us girls were lucky enough to catch ~ seconds-long streaking star with a firework-like burst as it finished its track across the sky.
More recently, I’ve just come from another girls weekend (8 great ladies and 3 fur-babies) where we went off-grid to a backcountry lodge. Days full of hiking and a night filled with millions of stars and a glorious full moon. In nature, no matter what direction you look, scenes are amazing. But it’s in the looking UP that some of the best views are seen. LOOK UP, child…. You have no idea what you might be missing by looking down.
And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The Lord your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth. – Deuteronomy 4:19