[notice]Musings around children’s ministry.[/notice]I have a huge backpack that I carry around daily. If you saw me walking by you’d probably think that I was going on a hike or something. I carry it because it is big enough to hold all of the things I need on a daily basis. It’s like carrying my office around on my back!
My colleague Jan is constantly warning me that I’ll wreck my back carrying that thing around. He also loves to point out that even when my bag is not on my back, I tend to walk hunched over as if I’m carrying it.
When I’m walking I tend to focus on ‘getting it done’, I keep my head down and I get where I need to go. I think sometimes we all do that, we put our heads down and pummel through our lives.
A while ago I was ambling along with my head down as usual when I heard “Look Up”. Sometimes when I am engaged in a thought deeply enough I find links to it in everything (no matter how obscure!) Chris Tomlin sings a song called Countless Wonders and I found the chorus particularly relevant to what I was meditating on.
Your beauty fills the sky
Your beauty reigns in brilliant light
Great God of countless wonders
I will lift my eyes….
Romans 1:20 says that “…His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
I’m coming to my point now…this week, why not take the time to appreciate nature and the Lord’s creation? I was listening to a recording of Misty Edwards preaching at a Onething conference and she was saying that when she gets to heaven she’s going to talk to the Lord about why He is invisible to us! It’s hard enough having relationships with people we can see, let alone with an invisible Creator of the heavens and earth.
However, the Bible says that He is visible through His creation. So don’t forget to “Look up” and take Him in through His creation. When your spirit is confronted with His majesty and the splendour of His works, you can’t help but be encouraged and energised. The beauty of His creation reminds us of who He is and awakens our souls to Him.
Like the psalmist says in Psalm 121 when we lift our eyes we gain confidence in who our Lord is and how He feels about us. “I lift my eyes up to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”.
So this week take time to look up, it will refresh your soul. Also finally, I wanted to say that on Jan’s advice I finally got myself a smaller bag and will start carrying less around with me!