Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lift up your heads: Look Up!

I mentioned last week that I am ‘enjoying’ a season where lots of “things on earth” are vying for my attention. My oft-quoted commitment to “things above” is on trial.

When I was a kid, I used to capture bumblebees in a jar and then quickly put the lid on. But later I learned that a bee will not fly out the top of the jar. Rather, he persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom, seeking a way where none exists, until it is completely spent, and dies.

I admit I am too much like the bumblebee, struggling about with all my problems and frustrations, seeking some solution where none exists—when all I have to do is look up (Is. 40:26). Perhaps someone reading this today needs a reminder—just like I do. When we feel trapped, He provides a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). When Jesus spoke of the increasing anxieties his followers would experience in the latter days, He said “when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads” (Luke 21:28).


  1. This is exactly what I needed
    to read this morning!

    Thank you for the reminder.
    Great analogy, by the way.

    -A. Guttenbeil

  2. Yes, I thought of you (and prayed for you) when I wrote it.

  3. I re-read this again today. I have to practice looking up, that's for sure!