Lift your Eyes
In life, we are often so focused on the journey that we fail to see the beauty around us as we go. It’s like we are shackled with tunnel vision that sees the immediate obstacles or successes, but fails to enjoy what is around us.
For us as parents, sometimes the busyness of working, running a household, helping our children with homework or taking them to a never ending list of sporting and social events, means that we fail to have the time to simply sit and watch and enjoy the miracle of parenthood. When you add in the normal issues of life like illness, unemployment, or relationships, it can sometimes be overwhelming.
In life, the mountains on our journey may sometimes seem insurmountable, but every mountain has a spectacular view. As you climb, there are the meadows that are sprinkled with flowers, raging waterfalls, gentle streams, or valleys that are breathtakingly shrouded in mist. Sure, there are the moments when we have to use everything we have to not stumble on the rocky ground or to grip tightly to a cliff edge, but these periods, when passed, can often offer us an amazing insight into a new vision for the future or hope of what tomorrow may bring. These times are also when we see our character grow and strengthen – and we are fitter, more capable, and better equipped for life as a result. They can be moments of great value in terms of us reaching our ultimate potential.
But we need to lift our eyes. In doing so we can see the God-given blessings along the way, but most of all, see God walking alongside us. He is there to offer his hand to prevent us from stumbling and to catch every tear. Likewise, he is there to enjoy the moments of blessing with us and delight in our joy.
So, I challenge us all to lift our eyes. To lift our heads to see the breathtaking scenery we are passing. To turn our eyes heavenward to see the handiwork of the one who walks the journey with us.
‘Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.’ Isaiah 40:26