Lift up your eyes!!!!!!

When life knocks us down, we walk with shame and with heads bowed down. Scared to face the world, we hide our faces in shame and scared of looking life straight into its eyes. It is during this time where we need to lift our heads high and Lift Up Our Eyes and tackle life ahead on.

This topic reminds me of a popular song by Leeland, that goes like this:
It feels like your world’s crashing down
And solid ground is hard to be found
It feels like the walls are closing in
And night has fallen
And the sun is gone
Your heart is dry
You need some time to find God

Come on, come on lift your eyes up
Lift your eyes up to the hills

Even in the testing fire
God supplies every need in your life
And He’ll come like the morning star
And wipe away your heart’s fears

Come on, come on lift your eyes up
Lift your eyes up to the hills

And the dark will fall and the light will shine
It’s alright with God here
And the sun it will shine, it’s a holy day
It’s a brighter day for you.

Psalm 121 also says: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Where are your eyes pointed these days?

When Jesus said, “… lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. ” (John 4:35 NASB), he offers, not only a vision of need, but a principle of vision.

Of the twenty or more times the phrase “lift up your eyes” is used in the Bible only a handful are negative and those generally forbidding lifting up eyes to idolatry. The primary thought is that to lift up one’s eyes is to see reality. Over and over again, lifting our eyes is linked to the reality of God and his majesty.

Downcast eyes generally represent being sad or humiliated. While there are exceptions, generally when our eyes focus on the ground at our feet, we miss much of the real beauty and opportunity that surrounds us. I once hunted with a man who was so afraid of snakes that he continually focused on the ground just ahead.

I will grant you that he did not step on a snake, but neither did he ever see the squirrels up in the trees who were the objects of our hunt. The cautious may feel that they will not make mistakes, but all the while, making the greatest mistake of all: they fail to see the blessings, opportunities, and beauty beyond their feet.

This does not mean we are to ignore danger, rather that we are to focus on that which is positive instead of the negative.

How many great vistas are unseen by the “down-looker”? Have you ever driven through the magnificent beauty of the mountains reading a book? Or missed a glorious sunset filling out a crossword puzzle? People who fail to lift up their eyes are destined to be limited in their description of the future.

I encourage you to look outward and upward to the limitless possibilities he has placed before his children. Trouble enough awaits those who walk this limited path on the way to glory.

We will all stumble and fall now and then. However, the secret is to keep our eyes open to the vision of the Almighty who will always be there to pick us up and lead us on to His glory.

Lift up your eyes! When you stumble, God has a new plan for you to follow. Lift up your eyes! You have mission given to you by the Creator of the universe. Lift up your eyes! The Holy One has great plans for you. Lift up your eyes! Your Father calls us to His glory and goodness. Lift up your eyes! There are no great visions on the ground at your feet. – by Bill Sherrill (09/28/2006) | Leading in Hope

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane