Look Up

Look Up.  Two simple words that can carry so much meaning.
I’m very much a morning person.  I generally don’t sleep past 5:30 regardless of what time I hit the sack.  In fact as I write this it is 5:05 in the morning yet I’ve been awake since 2:30 even though I went to bed slightly after 11:00 last night.
But getting back to my point, besides my biological clock needing some serious recalibration, I like/love the morning because from my desk I can look out over our yard to the southeast and watch the sunrise.  Every morning is different be it rain or shine.  The cloud formations.  The colors. The trees possibly swaying in the breeze.  It’s all part of God’s tapestry.  I often experience this again while I’m mindlessly riding our lawn tractor while mowing the yard.
I’m reminded of Stephen who we’re told in Acts 7:55, “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.”  Now granted this was after Stephen gave a defense of his faith before the Sanhedrin and right before they took him out to be stoned but the point being is he looked up and drew comfort from God during a time that would turn out to be the end of his life here on earth.  Maybe he was reflecting back on these words from the Old Testament in Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.”  I also like the reminder from Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
So occasionally remember to “look up” and take in the beauty of this ball of earth that God has blessed all of us with.  Look up and remember that we’re not alone in whatever our trials and tribulations might be and that NOTHING is too hard for God!