Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why I Love God, Part 2 ~ Things Are Lookin' Up For You

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Ps. 8:3

When my kids were little, I sang a song to them in the tub to get them to look up while I shampooed their hair. “No more tears,” didn’t always prove to be true in our bathtub. So, I would sing, “Things are lookin’ up for you; things are lookin’ up for you, lookin’ up, lookin’ up, lookin’ up, lookin’ up, things are looking up for you.” It did the trick – most of the time – to keep the soap out of their eyes and in their hair.

I love how real God is when we look at nature – specifically when we look “UP.” Every morning, He paints the sunrise. Throughout the day, He decorates the sky with clouds. Sunshine and shade. Look up at the end of each day and He puts on a new production we call “The Sunset.” He doesn’t stop there. Nighttime brings twinkly stars anchored by a changing face of the moon. Is it any wonder that He put all these marvels in the sky? On the earth, the seasons change, but in the sky (up), change happens by the second as the clouds roll.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge There is no speech or language where their voce is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

I think He wanted us to remember to look “up” so we could remember He is watching over us at all times much like we do when rinsing our kids heads. They look up, we have our eye on them.

If you’re having trouble trusting that God is watching out for you – maybe you’re struggling to believe that He really is in control. Go take a walk outside and look “up.” We can trust the glorious Creator of the skies. He projects Himself for all of us to see. When we look up and stop slapping at the water, the soap suds of life are still there. But, we can look into His face as He holds us. If you want things to start lookin' up for you, start lookin' up at Him. He is with us through our fear and panic to protect us from the sting.

Try this:
If you get a chance, go outside with your kids and find pictures in the clouds (you might have to sit in the car or look out the window since it’s still chilly.) What a great opportunity to read and discuss Psalm 19:1-4.

Hear "Famous One" by Chris Tomlin..."the heavens declare You're glorious, glorious..."