Sunday, January 31, 2016

If We'll Lift Our Eyes

Dave and I were leaving Hornbach, a building supply store in Ostrava, this afternoon, when I suddenly asked him to pull over and let me take a picture.

When I got back in the car he asked me, "Why did you want that picture?"

"Because I think there's a blog post in my head about it," I replied with a laugh.

"Do you know what it is?"

"No, but I can feel it somewhere inside of me."

And so goes blogging for me! With eyes, ears and heart open, I actively try to seek and look for God's story every day...his perspective, his provision, his peace, his power.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.

Seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments.

These are His words that I try, with all my heart, to live out each day. Why? Because I want to know, see, worship and adore Him all the days of my life. And when I keep my eyes open for Him, I find Him.

So what did he show me in these pictures today?

When I took them I was honestly focused on the drab, dreariness of winter and didn't see anything until I got home and uploaded the photos. But then I saw it.

The line between heaven and earth.

What I'd originally seen was true. There wasn't much beauty to admire on the ground at the spot where I took the photos.

But if I'd just lifted my eyes in the moment I would've seen something else.

A glimpse of heaven in the sunset.

As soon as I saw it on the photos I felt a catch in my breath. It was so beautiful, especially in contrast to the brown, scrubby earth. With smokestacks in the distance and unkempt ground in front of me, I only had my eyes turned downward. But just a little lifting of my eyes brought such a different viewpoint!

I'm still in this school of seeking and seeing God each day. But it's a school I want to stay in.

Yes, a lot of life on this earth is messy, complicated, painful, even ugly. BUT GOD! There is always hope, light, beauty and redemption to be found in Him.

If we'll lift our eyes, we'll get a glimpse of heaven.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post because it represents to me a part of you that I really appreciate, admire and aspire to, this striving to see Him in all things. :-)