Not long ago while I was praying and worshiping, the Lord reminded me of Psalm 121:1, “I lift my eyes up to the hills – where does my help come from?” I felt the Lord tell me, “Look up! You’re spending too much time looking at your feet and looking at the world around you.”
When we spend too much time looking at our feet, we become focused on our personal paths and the details of our lives. Concentrating on our to do lists, our plans, or our challenges can result in our forgetting that God is Lord; we forget to give Him control and mistakenly think that we have to make everything turn out right. When we spend too much time looking at the world around us, we become quickly overwhelmed with the “lostness” that we see in the world. Again, we forget that God is Lord, that He is sovereign, and that He is mighty; we can mistakenly think that the future of the world is all in our hands, not in His.
But when we look up, we choose to look beyond our feet and beyond the world around us. When we choose to lift our gaze to focus our attention on who God is, what He has done, and what He can do, He then changes our perspectives to encompass not only His character but also His love and commitment to the world He created.
God has graciously reminded me to book-end my days by looking up at Him in the morning before I go out into the world and to look up at Him at the end of the day after I’ve been out in the world. When my perspective is saturated with the knowledge of Him, I find that I have a different outlook about whatever is going on at my feet or in the world around me.