Some days I just have to keep reminding myself to look up. That’s easier said than done. So many times I get caught up in what’s around me, and it’s not always a pretty sight. But if I look up, my worries seem to calm. I am reminded there is a whole lot more to my life than my circumstances, and I begin to put things in perspective.
I’m like my dad. We both love to look to the skies. A lot of people never notice a beautiful cloud formation or the way the sun colors the various clouds. But he does, and he taught me to, also. I’m glad he did, because no matter what is happening down here on the earth, looking up brings me peace.
Even more important than that, he taught me to look to the Lord instead of events and situations in my life.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2.
To set my mind on things above means I must continually think of Heaven and Heavenly things, the things of God. I must be “oriented” towards Heaven and not towards the things of earth.
How can I do this? I’ve never been to Heaven. But I do have Scripture, and the Bible is the only reliable source we have concerning the values of God and of Heaven. Therefore, as I delve deeper into God’s Word and allow Him to change my heart, my mind, and my life, I begin to set my mind on things above.
I have found that when I set my mind on things above, the things I’m so preoccupied with on this earth become less and less important. I hold loosely to this world and everything in it, because my mind is oriented towards things above. It’s something I constantly have to remember to do, because my natural inclination is to be concerned most of all with the things of earth.
That’s why I love to look to the sky. It’s a constant reminder that there is God, He can see it all, He knows it all, He loves me, and I can trust Him.