Look Up

When was the last time you were really, truly in awe… of anything?

I was taking a walk today and the leaves of a short palm started clapping together as the wind rustled through them.

When was the last time you looked at anything with child-like wonder? 

I stared up at each cloud. One was shaped like a man in full running stance, sprinting at 0.25 mph across the sky. I love how the sun illuminates certain parts of each cloud while others are shadowed, adding depth and texture.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to bound from cloud to cloud. How fluffy, or how wispy would each cloud be? Would they catch me?

I think, if you haven’t taken the time to stop in awe of anything, it’s time to make time. 

I have a theory that when we lay down and look up at the clouds, or notice a fragrant flower… anything in nature… we are fully at peace because it’s part of our DNA—to worship, particularly, the beauty of God surrounding us. Kind of like Adam and Eve when they first walked in the Garden of Eden, just talking with God face to face (can you imagine?). I imagine that they would point out every beautiful thing and name them together, discussing all the intricacies; ins and outs; highlights and lowlights; the sounds when the wind rustled through them, with God.

Can you imagine that? Just reveling in creation together. These beautiful, beautiful works created by His own hands.

I think we were all meant to do that.

And then I started thinking about work, and what a troublesome word it is today. Now, I know we were meant to work—not to be sloth-like and lazy, but to really exercise our God-given gifts and talents. When we don’t, we feel lost and without purpose, without any sense of up or down, left or right. I think work became something that Satan twisted to define us, and so we toil and tear and dig our nails deep into this notion that work = our worth.

So we bragged about our cars and our square footage, our projects and our big-name clients, until our answer to the question, “how are you?” became more about what we do than what’s really stirring within our souls.

If you’re feeling burdened and heavy, I encourage you to get outside and just… look up.

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