2 December 2013
On my Thanksgiving vacation in Arizona with my family we hiked Cathedral Rock in Sedona. I use the term “hiked” loosely… it ended up being more like rock-climbing! Which was fine by most of us, but a little scary for my mother. When we were coming down the rock a lady in front of us made the comment to her husband, “I’m so busy looking down I forget to look up.” It was a simple statement but it hit me in a profound way. I realized I had been doing that too. I had my head down almost the whole way trying to navigate the rocks and not lose my footing. But as soon as she said that, I paused and gazed up. And oh was it AMAZING! The vast and majestic expanse of the mountain range and the beautiful horizon was absolutely breathtaking! A picture just can’t do it justice.
I couldn’t help but think about the biblical implication of this woman’s comment. When we get so focused looking down at the “rocks” of our earthly problems and all the troubles that surround us, we miss out on the incredible blessing of walking with our eyes focused on our great Savior, Jesus Christ. If we would just glance up we would be caught up in the beauty of our Lord and the awesomeness of His presence! So much so that the trials of life seem to fade away. But alas, we spend so much time looking down. So my encouragement to us all today is to LOOK UP! There is hope and peace to be found in keeping our eyes on Jesus, rather than the trials of this earthly life.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2