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  • Writer's pictureHeather Roberts

Look up, child.

Look up, child!

Deep in prayer, I had trouble hearing Him, distracted by the tasks of the day. Bent over, I closed my eyes again. Only to see what looked like evergreen boughs hang across my eyes.

As I sat listening, I could not discern a thing. Finally, I asked, “Am I missing something. What are these evergreen branches?”

“Yes, you are missing something. You are so intent on your life here on earth you can’t see anything else right now. The evergreen boughs are your hair that crosses your face when you bend over intent on what is in front of you. Lift your eyes. See with your spiritual eyes, what I have for you.”


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

I don’t know how I get so stuck in the mundane. But there it is, as honest as I can get. I try to figure out how to sneak in another run to the grocery store, instead of sitting quietly with the Lord. The weights of the world crush me. They keep my eyes fixed on the earth. But I don’t need to let them, and neither do you.

Prayer for you and me:

Lord, we need help. Open our spiritual eyes and hearts to hear You. Give us a supernatural desire and ability to focus and discern Your desires for our hearts and the hearts of those you have put in our care. We don’t want to just meet the physical needs of our bodies and our loved ones. Help us to fully engage with You. Help us to look up. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.


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