look up.

look up.

If you’re having a bad day today, go outside and look up at the sky.

Hopefully, it is a sunny day for you.

I promise it will clear your head and make you feel better.

God’s simple solutions are all around us.

It doesn’t always solve the problem, but it solves the problem of hopelessness.


just look up.

just look up.

When I was little, I used to love my swing.

I would go higher and higher – imagining I would fly right off into the bit of sky I could see framed by the oak trees in my backyard.

While walking to my car recently, I looked up into the sky’s deep blueness, dotted with soft puffs of pure, white clouds.

I felt the same exhilaration I had on the swing years ago.

But this time, I was not that child, free from worry.

These days, I think we analyze too much. Self-help books, counseling, tell-it-all talk shows – often regurgitating the same stuff over and over.

Maybe we should just look up.

Look up and away from here and now.

Look up and away from what is keeping you stuck in the sludge of memories, failures, losses, and what-ifs.

Get comfortable and gaze at the sky.

It’s big, isn’t it? No, it’s enormous. The Big Dipper up there? Why, my friend lives over 1500 miles away and she can see it the same time I do.

Let the sky cover you with it’s mysteries. Let the universe hold it’s untold stories.


Let God show you he is the creator of it all.

Here I am at another place and time. Lots of disappointments, worries, struggles, and pain have accumulated. My mind gets weary. My body feels the weight.

As a child, I was not consumed because there were adults in my life who had to take care of the big things.

Now I know God takes care of the big things.

I couldn’t leap off that swing into the sky.

But I can leap into God’s arms.

You can, too.


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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.



If you don’t look up you will miss the gift God had for you today.

He knows all about the pain.

But He also knows what makes us smile.

But you have to look.