Week 43 Wednesday

Looking Up

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 122-124

Key verse: Psalm 123:1

“Unto thee I lift up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”

I can’t say that I live in the middle of a technological whirlwind – at least not exactly.

I don’t live in a big city.  I still use an old laptop, which has an operating system that is pretty outdated.  I prefer typing to swiping.  I still like to read a book.  I’m not “opposed” to electronic/social media like some I know.  I have plenty of e-books in my library.  It’s just that I still like to sit down and flip open something with real pages in it.  And, when it comes to needing help with my computer; my smart phone; my i-this and i-that – I – am first in line.

So, as I say, I am not exactly on the “cutting edge” of technology.

Maybe that is why I feel a little information overloaded sometimes.  And why I rub my eyes, now and then, and have to turn off the electronic device I have been staring at too long.

That’s at least part of the reason that I feel the need to look elsewhere – specifically – “up”.

“Unto thee I lift up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”

At times like that, these words are music to my ears.

To look up – if not literally, at least spiritually speaking, and seek God’s “countenance” again (to use an old-fashioned word.)

It gives me peace to put my phone on silence; close my laptop; turn down the lights; sometimes even light a candle (of all things!)

And just be in the presence of the living God.

It’s a whole different kind of “vision” in a highly “visually oriented” age.

And I highly recommend it.

Prayer: Lord, I lift up my eyes, to you.  Thank you for your abiding, loving presence.  Amen.

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