From Pastor Davies – 7/19
I have a number of favorite Bible verses, my favorite being Proverbs 3:5-6. Look it up in your Bible; it will give you a huge lift for your day.
Another favorite verse comes from Psalm 121: “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” (vs. 1-2).
“I lift up my eyes to you,” the psalmist sings. “Hold your head up! Keep your eyes on God!” is the message.
Lots of experiences in life will make us want to fasten our eyes on the ground or sink us into depression. All we can see is our pain, our guilt, our limitations, what we can’t do, and what we can’t have. Looking down all the time makes us down. It limits us. We can see only a few feet. That’s the circumference of our world. But it doesn’t have to be! Our eyes are to be up, not down. Our vision is set to the horizon. For ours is a faith in a God bigger than our circumstances. The psalmist forced his eyes toward the heavens to remind him that the one who made the heavens and the earth certainly had the power to lift him up.
Where we keep our eyes on our journey makes all the difference. Are we constantly looking back? Is our mind set just on how very far yet we have to go? Or are we taking each step with the expectation of any moment encountering God?
There was a man who was captured during World War II. His captors found out that he was a barber and made him cut hair for all the prisoners. The guards watched and listened closely whenever the barber was working for whispers of an escape attempt. But all they heard constantly from the barber as he made sure to have eye contact with each prisoner was, “Keep your head up!” The guards thought his words were just an instruction. But they were far more. That barber helped save the lives of many in the camp through his constant encouragement: “Keep your head up!”
We all are on a journey. Lots of times the road is rough and steep. We look ahead and wonder how in the world we can keep going. But hold your head up! Look above the road to the One who calls you forward, who is with you each step of the way. Lift up your eyes to the One enthroned in the heavens. And never, ever turn them away. Hold your head up!