Give me a word, Lord: LOOKING UP

Psalm 121:1 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. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

Psalm 8:1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.

It’s bow season here in South Mississippi, but the weather hasn’t been conducive the last couple of days, and the deer have been hiding out. Yesterday, it was hot and the temperature rose to 85 degrees. The wind changed direction every hour. This was not agreeable weather for deer hunting for sure. The mosquitoes were plentiful, and the day was long. We excitedly looked forward to this morning. The forecast showed a high of 66. Ahhh, cool weather. My husband & I both thought, “the deer will be moving for sure.” But guess what? We geared up, walked outside to a misty wet dark morning with winds of 12 mph. We know one thing for sure. Deer do not like windy weather. They can’t hear their surroundings when it’s windy, and it spooks them. Today will probably not make for a good hunt yet again.

Even though we know we probably won’t see a deer, we’re still going to be out here all day. Why? First, we are getting to enjoy God’s beautiful creation all around us. We get to see God’s handiwork, up close and personal, undamaged by human hands. The other best thing about being out here is that we get to enjoy spending time together as husband and wife doing something we love. It is always fun to spend a full day in the woods with your sweetheart, even if the deer are hiding out.

I took this picture yesterday as I was looking up and thinking about all of blessings God has bestowed upon our family. He’s such a good, good God. I think we tend to forget His greatness in the midst of our chaos. When trouble comes our way, we tend to look within ourselves for solutions. When the answers don’t come quickly enough, we begin looking around for a solution. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues, we look up to the heavens for the answers.

Why does it take us so long to look up? Our heavenly Father is here for us 24/7. He is never hiding out. He’s better than the postal service. Rain, sleet, or snow will not deter Him. John 10:28 tells us that no one can snatch us out of His hand. He desires our praises, but He also desires for us to lean on Him not just when we can’t figure things out on our own, but always and in all things.

We don’t have our usual hurried agenda today. We are both off work, and we get to play in the woods like a couple of kids. Our only concern is the wind, but rather than get disheartened or discouraged, I’m just going to keep looking up. I’m going to look up and praise God for this beautiful life He has so graciously given me. I’m going to praise God for a few days of no work. I’m going to praise God for His goodness, grace, and mercy that I surely do not deserve. Yes, today, I’m going to make sure that I keep looking up.

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