Where are you looking?
Have you had those days where you are feeling, “Just keep your head down and move forward”? You just think that you’ve got to keep going. You can’t stop and take a breath or you might not get back up again? I just realized last night that my posture was all wrong. If you looked at me, you would have seen a clenched jaw, tight fists, shoulders hunched, and head down like I was walking through a hurricane. Then it dawned on me. Am I doing this alone? Why is my head down when it should be up? Where am I looking? My dad always taught me that to make a straight line when mowing the lawn you need to look where you are going to go. Not down at your feet. And where am I going? Up. Psalm 121:1-3 says it beautifully, “I lift my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip–He who watches over you will not slumber.”
I need to be looking at my Father in heaven, not anything here on earth. No matter how hard I cling to things, everything on earth is shifting sand. He is my only constant. When I lifted my head in that one second of epiphany, my whole outlook changed. My posture straightened, and the load lifted off my shoulders. The burden I was carrying was put there by my own selfish, sinful nature. It wasn’t mine to carry. Those worries were not mine to hold onto. I can unscrunch my brow, drop my tightened shoulders, and let it all go. Because the Creator of the universe is sitting next to me, putting His arm around me, letting me lean into Him, and He will take care of it all. I don’t need to stress. I don’t need to be anxious about the future–either tomorrow or next month or next year. He knows it all. And He will give me the strength, the words, the patience, the peace to deal with whatever comes. Because I might prepare for battle when He wants me to prepare for peace. I might prepare for the end when He sees it as a beginning.
He sees me and knows me right now. Right here. He sees you and knows you, too. Are you fighting and struggling for your own way when you need to let things go? Are you looking for war when you should be bringing peace? God’s got this. Let your shoulders relax. Release the tension in your neck. God’s got this. Breathe, and go read Psalm 121 a couple of times. God’s got this and everything else that may come your way. He knows what is going to happen. He already has a plan. We cannot comprehend His love and faithfulness. He’s got this.