Lifting Up Our Eyes
I will lift my eyes up onto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
~ Psalm 121:1-2
It is good always to look up. Thousands of people dwarf their lives — and hinder the possibilities of growth in their souls — by looking downward. They keep their eyes ever entangled in mere earthly sights, and miss the glories of the hills that pierce the clouds, and of the heavens that bend over them!
A story is told of a boy who one day found a gold coin on the street. Ever after this, he kept his eyes on the ground as he walked, watching for coins. During a long lifetime, he found a good number of coins — but meanwhile he never saw the flowers and the trees which grew in such wondrous beauty everywhere; he never saw the hills, the mountains, the sweet valleys, the picturesque landscapes; he never saw the blue sky. To him, this lovely world meant only a dusty road, dreary and unbeautiful, merely a place in which to look for coins.
This really is the story of the life of most people. They never lift their eyes off the earth! They live only to gather money, to add field to field, to scheme for power or to find pleasure. Or, if their quest is a little higher, it is still only for earthly things. They never lift up their eyes to God! There is no blue sky in their picture. They cherish no heavenly visions. They are without God in the world.
Lord, let me always remember to look to the source of my help. Amen.
~ J. R. Miller