Look Up

Throughout this Lenten season, we’ve been reading about and reflecting on the Psalms. One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 121.

Psalm 121 New International Version (NIV) ~A song of ascents.

 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.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Have you ever noticed that when something in life has you down, you not only feel down, but you may hang your head as well? Hanging our heads casts our eyes downward which may cause us to lose sight of the bigger picture and beauty that is all around us.

Easter will soon be upon us. The story of Luke 24:4-5 tells us of the women bowing their heads at the tomb where the stone had been rolled away. Again in Luke 24:14-17, the women traveling along the road stood still with faces downcast. Each time this happened, someone else was present and began to speak to the women, which resulted in an upward gaze.

Psalm 121 and the Easter story in Luke 24 remind me that God has a way of showing up and showing off. God sends things and people that can redirect a gaze … a family member, a friend, a pet, a stranger, a kind word, a smile, flowers, the sunrise and a sunset, a gentle breeze … the list could go on.

When you are feeling and looking down, where does your strength come from? While it is not always easy to do, I encourage you to look up. Look up and see the beauty and the amazing things God has given us.

Dear God, Thank you for the valley and mountain top experiences and all that we might experience in between. Lord, we lift our gaze to You and know that You walk beside us through the good times and the bad. May we continue to be Your hands and Your feet, sharing the time and talents that You have given each and every one of us; You have created us each in a unique and beautiful way. May we hold our heads up and raise those around us up as well. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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