Lifting Our Eyes

pikes-peak-snow-2Have you noticed that we have become a society of people looking down? And we’re not looking down at beloved small children or pets as much as we are looking down at smartphones. Looking down to check Facebook, email, Twitter, Instagram or our GPS.

Technology can be helpful and crucial, no doubt about it. But looking down all the time can not only give us a neck ache, it can even be hazardous. Who can forget the YouTube video of the woman falling into the fountain at the mall while looking down at her smartphone? And no telling how many shoppers this season will be bumped into or knocked down by another shopper walking while looking at his or her phone.

What if we all spend more time looking up this Advent season, and less time looking down? What if we shift our gaze to the angel on top of the Christmas tree, the stars that shone over Bethlehem fields, or snow-crested peaks like those of the majestic mountains all around us here in Colorado? Do we really want to miss all that glory because we are looking down?angel-on-tree

The Psalms of Ascent in the Bible give us examples of God’s people looking up instead of down as they sought Him with all their hearts. I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? says Psalm 121:1. I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven, reads Psalm 123:1.

If ever there was a time for us to lift both our eyes and our hands in praise to our Lord and Savior, it’s at Christmas time. And the Lord is happy to help us do that. But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head, we read in Psalm 3:3

Once we are looking up again, we can share a smile with a harried store clerk. We can notice when someone needs help getting through the door or into her car.sunset-clouds We can enjoy the birds at the feeder, the deer in the fields, sunrises, and sunsets as all heaven and nature sing. Don’t those sound like wonderful reasons to lift our eyes this Christmas?

First published by Fellowship of the Rockies, Christmas 2014.

Comments

  1. Great points! Thanks!

  2. Jim B (your loving huzzband) says:

    Beautiful reminder. Thanks dear

  3. What a wonderful reminder!Thank you.
    Ps 121:1 was a verse that was a favorite of my husband.
    He quoted this often as we looked up to the Gore Range
    in Summit County.
    Merry Holy Christmas

  4. Thanks, good thoughts!
    Jimmie

  5. Merry Christmas Nancy and Jim. I agree that people have chosen the wrong direction to gaze. But honestly we do not use our phones as our major connection to the world. I get on my computer less often than in the beginning of
    the trend of FB or e mails when it was so driven into our daily lives. Siri has an attitude that is less than friendly and her directions are not always correct. I am a believer in customer service and being polite to people who are sincerely trying to help us. Thank you is rolling off our lips more often since we have relocated. and we are forever lost or making U-Turns. We laugh a lot more and life is good. God Bless.

  6. Lea Ann Brookens says:

    Yes!!!

  7. Kathy Fitz says:

    So many good reminders there. Thanks for helping us see things from an eternal perspective.
    He is our Glory and the lifter of our heads!!!

  8. I’ve reached the age when I can’t enjoy the scenery on my daily walks because I have to look down at the cracks and uneven places in the sidewalks, Nancy. So I stop at each corner (I have them identified on my route) and look around and up and especially at the mountains, so grateful for the beauty…and my ability to walk each day without falling!
    Thank you for another post of reminders.

  9. Elizabeth Van Liere says:

    Nancy, I don’t use those instruments, but I realize I could do more “looking up” as well.
    And, I’m like Marylin. I have been cautioned to “look down!” when I walk ever since I fell when I was looking up at some monkeys in a zoo… I’ll use her idea to stop, look and listen to the world around me every so often. Thank you once again for words of wisdom

  10. Jan Keller says:

    <3

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