“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” I Chronicles 16:11 NIV
“I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” Psalms 123:1 NIV
We have several “paths” on our property. Some are steep and rocky; some are more sloping; some are just narrow deer paths through the woods. We kid each other that we have no level foot paths to hike! When I am walking the more difficult paths, l tend to look down and watch the path, so I don’t trip over a rock or fallen log. I am so focused on the path that I miss the beauty of the fall leaves or the azure sky or even the dogs joyfully chasing each other up ahead.
Sometimes our life paths are much the same. When our path is difficult we tend to focus our gaze downward and rely on our own strength and our own guidance. But this is truly when we need to stop and look up! Lift our eyes above our troubled path and look up to our God for His strength and His guidance.
When the path is steep, look up to God who gives us strength.
When the path is rocky, look up to God who holds us in His right hand.
When the path is twisting and unclear, look up to God who can make our “paths straight”.
When the path is long and tiring, look up to God who promises rest.
When the path is indistinguishable, look up to God who urges, “this is the way; walk in it”.
When the path is lonely, look up to God who loves you with and everlasting love.
This year has been a difficult “path” for most of us. Let’s look up to the God of heaven and earth, the Creator of all, the God who is still in control, and the God who can straighten our paths and accompany us on the journey with peace and joy.
This week I would love for you to comment and add your own “When the path…, look up…” line to our free verse.
I thank our God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we look up to our God from our trying life paths.
Blessings on your journey!
One of my favorites… Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
Thank you, William! I love that one, too! It reminds me of my grandmother’s favorite book, The Shepherd of the Hills. I read it as a kid during one of my summer visits.
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I have that book sitting on my shelf but haven’t read it. I bought it for $1 years ago because it looked interesting. Perhaps now I’ll move it from the shelf to the nightstand and see what happens!
It is set in the Ozark mountains. My grandparents actually retired to the Arkansas Ozarks. Enjoy!