Papers. Pencils. Books. Keyboards. These are the scenery of my everyday life, my nose-in-the-laptop existence by which I count my hours and my days. I’m working on a book deadline. I’m managing freelance projects. I’m paying bills online, signing school slips, conducting internet research, scratching notes in my Bible study workbook. My focus is lateral at best. There is work to be done.
But then. How long had it been there? How many days had I missed it? Sitting at my desktop, I lifted my eyes just slightly to the dry erase board overhead. And this is what I saw.
My daughter. She left me a love note.
And I’d been so stuck in my immediate surroundings, my daily tasks—I missed it.
“I lift up 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; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121)
Is something bogging you down? Busyness, heartache, sorrow, stress. It’s so easy to develop tunnel vision, isn’t it? Then soon we forget that our help—our encouragement, our purpose, our hope—is no further than a glance away.
So just look up.
You might be surprised at what you find there.