look UP

It had rained the night before, leaving the morning air misty and dark. I was driving in the outskirts of town, enjoying the mystery of the familiar road. Then, in an instant, I glanced up. The tips of the trees, mist still swirling around them, were bathed in the warm, golden light of the sun.

Without looking up, I could only see the darkness. The simple action of looking up added so much joy to the scene around me.

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It’s often easy to get stuck on the darkness and mistiness of our day to day lives. The stresses, the conflicts, the doubts; whatever it may be, it’s all too easy to focus on the difficulties.

Maybe we need to glance UP a little more. Look for the warmth, the light, the sun peaking through those clouds. Maybe even in the midst of the darkest times, there’s a Light we can look UP to.

Who and what is that Light?

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1
I challenge you – whatever storms, whatever darkness, whatever you’re dealing with right now, look UP. Christ has is our Light. He’s got a solution. Promise.

and then it snowed

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It reminds me of Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

I see the fresh white covering over the earth, and I think of the righteousness of Christ, and the gift He gave. Let me reason with Him. Let me surrender to Him. And then shall all my sins be forgiven and like the white of that fresh, glittering snow.

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Shall we have a little insight into Eden’s brain thinks sometimes? Why not.

As I wrote that previous sentence, I thought of how beautiful the snow is on it’s own. But then when the sun shines on it, it glitters and sparkles a thousand times more.

Jesus gives us his righteousness, then Jesus the Son – the Light of the World – shines on us and illumines us even more.

That’s why I love nature. If looked at and studied, or even just casually observed, it offers us so many little lessons about the character of Christ.

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