Lift up Your Eyes


It was a few nights ago, while the snow was yet still falling. The house was filled with its usual chaos, and we decided to go off on a little adventure. We put on our jackets and I pulled on some oversized boots. I swung the little girl up into my arms, and we slipped out the back door. 

Instantly we were surrounded by a perfect stillness as we looked around at the muffled world. We watched as snowflakes danced down from the heavens; admired the sparkle and glimmer of the fresh blanket of white that covered the ground. 

I looked into the eyes of this sweet little face, and adored the intriguing awe and wonder with which she took it all in. 

She pointed to the things that caught her fancy, giggled with pure joy as I kicked the piles of snow. We tromped on and had a magical time out there in the cold; marveling at the beauty of winter and the One who brought it all to be. 

Those are moments I won't soon forget. Memories I love to hold dear. But it goes so much deeper than just a time of fun and laughter with one of my little friends. It was a moment of awe and wonder; a time of gazing at the vastness, and grandness, and splendor of my King.

Life is often a rush, and sometimes it feels like a big ball of wadded up emotions, struggles, hurts, efforts, excitement and pain. There's the good and the bad and the unknown, and it's so jumbled up together that we can hardly make sense of where we're at and what's taking place around us.

But friends, "Lift up your eyes." 

The words come gently to our ears, bringing calm and filling our hearts with peace. I can just picture our grand and glorious Father, looking down at our endless running and striving, taking our face gently in our hands and turning our gaze up.

Up to His magnificent beauty. Up to His glorious display. Up to His infinite power, and His unfailing, unending love. 

We strive, we toil, we try to make sense of it all. But He begs us, "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing." (Isaiah 40:26)

"Not one is missing." He's in control. He's got it all inside of His faithful, unchanging and unfailing grasp. 

Are we looking up? Are we making time to gaze at the face of our King? To marvel at His creation?

Don't forget the face of your God. Don't forget the millions of reminders surrounding you-begging you not to forget-that He's always, always in control. 

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