Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Looking Up

I don't know when the phrase "things are looking up" came into being. But it does seem to describe our human condition when the events of our lives look promising and positive, doesn't it? The problem is that "things" that happen in our lives don't always turn out positive and wonderful. Sometimes "things" are just plain hard; our gaze and our hearts can be downcast. At times like that, I have a saying that makes Paul laugh, but you may be able to relate. "I was so down today I had to look up to see my socks!"

While "things" hadn't been looking up for us lately, we have been looking up. Martha reminded me in the last post through Psalm 84 that if our hearts are set on pilgrimage, the journey we are on becomes temporary. Keeping in mind that we are pilgrims here means that we are just passing through this world and it is not our final home. Whatever the trial, whatever the task, it is light and momentary compared to eternity and peace with God. As we have been looking up, praying, and living by faith, "things" have turned around. Kathryn and Qavah are looking and feeling so much better. I'll leave you with one of my favorite pictures taken recently. When "things" aren't looking up; we can look up, and with David we can say, " 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." Psalm 121: 1-2