I was on vacation with my family this summer, adventuring in the-middle-of-nowhere Nebraska. We’re talking no cell service, no civilization, more cows than people middle of nowhere.
We were venturing down minimum maintenance roads to get to a big cabin out in the country. That was an adventure all by itself. We turned onto the less than well kept road with no cell service. There was no turning back. After an hour of maneuvering through puddles and pot holes in the sand-hills of northern Nebraska, we made it to the cabin.
We were literally in the middle of nowhere.
The isolation was a unique feeling that I have never experienced quite like I did that night in the country cabin.
I did not fully appreciate the isolation until after the sun had set behind the rolling hillside and I looked upward.
The stars that speckled the sky that night were truly breathtaking. There was nearly more stars visible than sky. It was amazing, and left me in awe of my surroundings. There were no other lights to distract from the beauty of the night sky, and the result was unforgettable.
Recently, God has put a lot of reminders in my life to tell me to look up.
I only appreciated the stars at the cabin so much because there were no other distractions. I could see the stars clearly, so it was a joy to take the time to look up.
I have been greatly challenged recently… how is my view of God?
When was the last time I looked up to see Him and marvel in His holiness?
Am I seeing Him for who He really is, or am I distracted by other things?
So many things war for my attention and threaten to distort my view of God.
So it is now that I must look up.
Instead of looking around at my circumstances or my failures or my worries, I must look up and just see Him.
My God is completely holy and worthy of praise.
My God is perfectly loving and deserving of worship.
My God is steadfastly faithful and unchanging even when my faith in Him is shaky and imperfect.
These truths constantly remind me that my view of God is not grand enough, nor high enough.
So I humbly ask, friend, how is your view of God?
When was the last time you stopped to look up?
Have you ever shut out the cares of the world and allowed yourself to be astounded and humbled by the character of God?
When we dwell in the shadow of His goodness there is no place for distractions.
The words of the old hymn remain true for us today. Even in the pain and the stress and the hustle of this life, we can look to Jesus and find rest.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
-Helen Howarth Lemmel