Just Look Up

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

With feet on the ottoman/table, I sat comfortably on the couch. “I can’t see; I can’t see!” she exclaimed. My three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter had (again) laid herself face down across my outstretched legs, anticipating a rhythmic ride up and down as I bent my knees driving her to little girl giggles. Her younger brother, not to be left out, had driven his toy car into the canyon between the sofa and the ottoman. He too began exclaiming “I can’t see!”

I sat there slightly puzzled; we’d been playing this game on and off for the last hour. Just look up, I thought, just took up. A few minutes later they were both off to something else. I sat there pondering: “just look up.”

I realized that there have been times in my life when I needed to “just look up.” Times when instead of looking down at my feet or around at my troubles, I just needed to look up and receive the love and grace radiating from Your presence, directed toward me. Times when I needed to look up and trust You with the situation instead of looking all around in near panic. It is such a simple thing; yet when a concern presents itself instead of taking a breath, reminding myself of your promises – and the many times You have shown Your great faithfulness to me personally – sometimes I find my focus anywhere but up.

Lord, help me to remember to just look up. To grow out of the three-year-old mindset that only sees what her eyes happen to land on. Help me to put – and keep – my focus on You.

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