(One thing five weeks of abiding by stay-at-home orders has taught me is that loneliness has many dimensions. I hadn’t planned on sharing a second lesson this month. Only as I was filing papers into my writing binder, I came across this lesson written last fall. It spoke words I needed to be reminded of again. I pray it reaches the hearts of those who need to hear its message as well.)
A Lesson On Looking Up
Words began to flit through my mind, moving together to form phrases and sentences. I grabbed pen and paper, took a seat in the empty room, and began writing. Soon I was lost in the waltz of words flowing across the paper. When the dance ended and my hand came to a rest, I lifted my head and looked up. To my delight, I found I wasn’t alone. Adi and Reeses had, at some point, slipped into the room and quietly settled by my chair.
As I looked at my beloved pets, I was reminded of a beautiful truth my college age niece had shared with me just weeks earlier. She had written, “There is never a moment when we are alone. The Lord is always there with us.”
Just like it took lifting my eyes from my writing to see a Lab lying nearby and the golden eyes of our tortoise shell cat watching me, I must also lift my eyes away from that which holds my attention to realize the Lord’s presence.
When I step outside and away from the concerns of the moment to listen to the flock of geese flying over the cornfields, I hear His presence.
When I look up from the task at hand to gaze out the windows at the trees laden with spring blossoms or aflame with fall’s color, I see His presence.
When I open the Bible and let my soul feast on the words of a Psalm, I feel His presence.
The Psalm writer David says it best when he wrote,
“ O Lord . . .You know when I sit down or when I stand up. . . You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. . . You go before me and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head. . . If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the grave, You are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me.”–Psalm 139: 1-10 (New Living Translation)
What a comfort to know that when I am alone, I just need to lift my eyes to know I am not really alone.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
-Psalm 121:1-2, 5, 8
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