Look Up



People who stare up at the sky tend to get a bad rap, often being written off as day dreamers or escapists, looking to run away from it all.  But what if our looking to the sky is intentional—us recognizing that there is something bigger, greater, grander than the problems we face or the harsh times that just won’t let up?  I know that when I look toward the sky I definitely feel as if what I’m going through is smaller than it really is.  It helps my perspective.  But there’s something else.


I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. —Psalm 121.1–3

I also believe in a God who not only reigns over all the universe, but is the Creator of it.  When my problems are too much for me, I do more than look up in order to minimize my situations, seeing that the sun and clouds are bigger than arguments and misunderstandings.  I know that when I look up, when I turn toward the sky, that my God sees me and hears my cry and that help will come from Him.  Like the scripture says, my help comes from the Lord, the Maker.  He holds me, steadies me, and pays attention (v.3).

I encourage you to look up, but know that it’s more than escape.  Looking up is raising our heads toward the One who leans down and hears our cry (Psalm 40).  Look up, because it’s where your help come from.

The view from my hammock a while back.

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