You can always tell when someone is “on a mission.” They have their eyes fixed on something ahead that is far beyond their eyesight, their pace is sure and usually rapid, and their approachability vibe is non-existent. If one of us on said mission is on a path where the footing becomes irregular, or treacherous, the fixed eyes then focus on what is just in front of us, even if we aren’t actually seeing it, but simply reacting to what is necessary to navigate the terrain.
I was recently in the mountains. Beauty surrounded me. I took time at various vistas to appreciate God’s creation, but as I descended, I was unable to look around, because one wrong move with my feet could lead to my taking a big tumble. At one place, I happened to glance up toward the sky for a quick second and the beauty of what I saw took my breath away. I had to come to a complete stop so that I didn’t miss soaking in the beauty of what was up above me – a stunning panoramic view of the mountains with the sun just on top of them. I then heard loudly in my head, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1 The Psalm goes on to say that the Lord doesn’t slumber, He watches over and protects us as we come and go FOREVER. Now, you might be thinking that there have been times, maybe even now, where you don’t feel very protected, and you just aren’t sure if God, perhaps, just might be sleeping on you. Are you overwhelmed, weary, hurting, gut-wrenched? Stop and look up!
I was not able to fully appreciate the serenity of the beauty in front of me until I physically STOPPED my forward momentum so that my focus wasn’t on my path, but on what was above me. Sometimes, we are so in the trench of navigating life that we don’t take the time to stop it all and look up. God never moves, sleeps or leaves us! But we MUST stop and focus for a minute on Him. God promises to be the God of all comfort, peace, rest for our souls, strength in the storm, organizer of the chaos and joy in the journey. We miss that when we don’t allow for “reminder time.” There is a reason God says “be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 I urge you to read all of the two super short yet power packed Psalms 121 and 46. These Psalms are reminder time well spent! It makes us remember that God is bigger than our boogey men, and is ever-present…and because of this, WE “WILL NOT FEAR though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea.” Psalm 46:2
God may not take away the treacherous path, but He WILL change our perspective when we look up. We will trust that there is an eternal purpose because God wastes nothing. We will know that God will work these ashes into beauty because He is a God who redeems. We will feel that we are loved and not alone. Crowder sings a song called Lift Your Head Weary Sinner. It speaks of coming off of the treacherous path where we haven’t been acknowledging God. In my opinion, this lack of acknowledgement can be in our life in total, or in short stints along our journey. Some of the song lyrics are “Love is here to lift you up, here to lift you high…All who’ve strayed and walked away…Fix your eyes on the Mountain”.
Let’s stop and look up, so that we can be reminded of the Mastry of the One who says “Be still and know that I AM God.”