Last Friday morning, I went out to help Steve get the yard ready to mow. It was an unbelievably windy day, and we had some limbs down in the back yard. It seemed like as soon as I picked everything up, more would fall! I’d go to do something else – turn around, and there would be another limb on the ground! I even commented to Steve – “What in the world – this wind is really knocking them down!” Finally, I looked up – we have a dead tree in our yard! It wasn’t dead last summer. I don’t have a clue as to why the tree died, but that strong wind was breaking off limbs quicker than I could pick them up.
This got me to thinking about how we often try to “clean up” the messy parts of our lives. Something happens, and we try to “fix” it. We spend so much time worrying and working when the solution is to “look up.” Peter said, “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). Paul urged the church at Philippi to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). So often, I’m afraid that we waste so much of our lives trying to “pick up the limbs,” when we need to focus on looking up.
Have you “let go and let God” take control of your life? Look up, my Friends, for we are simply blessed, Courtney