I had one of those days … “Eeyore” days, as I like to call them, where I’m dragging my feet, looking at everything through my lens of pessimism. It was actually a fairly typical day. Typical schedule. Typical routine. Typical conflicts with the kids. Really, nothing major.
But because I had set myself up to sit under a cloud, those minor conflicts and road bumps throughout the day seemed like massive mountains blocking my path.
Are you having one of those days? Perhaps you need that same encouragement I needed … when things are looking down, look up.
Look up and see the blessings
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
When I looked up, I saw that I have been blessed beyond measure with my little ones. Toys and books scattered on the living room floor, and there they were, all four of them, happily playing. I sat there, quietly eavesdropping on their amusing conversations.
At the end of the day, I recalled even more little blessings …
… when my 3-year-old woke up way too early and snuggled with me on the bed.
… when my daughter showed me her designs to open up her own salon.
… when my oldest willingly played with his youngest brother when he asked him.
… when my other son skipped out on his favorite show to help me clean up.
Even on what I thought was a gloomy day, there were rays of sunlight breaking through.
Look up and see others
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
There are needs inside and outside my home, far more worthy of my attention and focus than my petty complaints. When I looked up, I saw the friend, who asked for prayer for peace in a family conflict. Then, there’s the text I received from another, who had to start working full-time again after being a stay-at-home mom for the past 4 years. And, my heart is personally drawn to a young mom in my church, who has a child with special needs.
Trials, hardships, and pain abound. People need people.
Look up and see God
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
To fix my eyes on God means I begin to see through His eyes. The mountains blocking my way are but a mirage. The obstacles I face are small pebbles in the Lord’s hands. When I looked up, He lifted me up, giving me a new vantage point, where I realized that, all along, my times have been and always will be in His caring hands.
So, if you are still gazing down, look up! See that the cloud looming over you is no bigger than your fist. It only takes one step to depart from its shadow and bask in the warm sunshine.
What wonderful things do you see when you look up?