April 8 Devotional

When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite things was to look up at the ceiling as though I was looking at something very interesting.  I did this, not because there was anything interesting to look at, but simply to see how many of my classmates I could get to look at the empty ceiling.  I know, I was an ornery little kid when I was young (still am … just older).  Today I read an interesting verse that made me think about where I am making people look now.  “Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens” (Psalm 123:1).


It is my desire to have a very clear look at my Savior on a daily basis.  I want to always have one eye toward Heaven to see what my marching orders might be for the situation I am facing.  I want to gaze into my Savior’s face, looking for instruction for how to live more like Him everyday.  I want to realize that eternity is real, and the things I am facing today are just temporary.  I want to keep a perspective that will keep my thinking straight and my steps in line with His perfect will for me.


I want to keep a good balance with my view.  I do not want to be guilty of looking so much toward Heaven that I forget the needs of those around me today.  I do not want to be so heavenly minded that I am no earthly good.  I want to have the vision Jesus had here on this earth.  He never forgot the will of His Heavenly Father, but He also never missed an opportunity to meet the needs of those around Him on earth.  I want to keep my heart close to God in Heaven, while having a heart that is easily moved to help those around me.  I realize that in order to do all these things, I must keep an active view of the Word of God, and the heart of God.  I want to keep my heart focused on the Word of God daily so that God can whisper and I will be able to hear it loud and clear.


I am so thankful that I have a Heavenly Father Who is not caught up in the “normal” pressures of life on earth.  I am thankful for His omnipotence.  I am thankful that I can look to Heaven for every answer to every question or challenge life throws at me.  Our challenge for today is to keep our eyes focused on Him and not on our situations.  Let me encourage you to look up today (like I used to do in elementary school).  This time, I promise you, there is a God worth seeing there in Heaven!  Look up today and encourage someone else to do the same.


It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountain of the sky.  Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.” – Helen Keller