look up.

look up.

Now that the warm weather of spring has finally come to New York, I am out walking my 5+ miles each day.

A lot of other people are out walking, too, and I’ve noticed many looking down while they’re walking. That’s because they have an agenda. They’re focused. They have a goal.

Life is like that sometimes. We have something in our sites we are working toward and that is a good thing. But if we find we’re always focused and do not enjoy the scenery, we’re missing out.

Particularly, if we are not looking up.

There is something about looking up. I remember swinging in my backyard when I was a child. It was exhilarating when the swing would go up. All I could see was the wide expanse of endless blue sky. I imagined being launched up into the clouds and being able to fly!

There is a scripture I think about often:

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.

Psalm 121

When we lift our eyes off of the painful situation in front of us, something changes. We find our breath once again. Peace, comfort, and even joy touches our hearts and minds.

It’s not a coincidence – God telling us to look up. He knows it will help us. It helps us to take in the bigger picture, which is far greater than our understanding.

We were made to respond to such magnificence.

We were made to respond to God.