Faith and The Beauty of Looking Up

I look up to the mountains–does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heavens and earth. Psalm 121:1 (NLT)

My help comes from the Lord, but His handiwork sure inspires me! By God’s blessing and direction, I was fortunate to be born in Washington state. I grew up on Whidbey Island, where when the clouds clear, we can look to the west and see the Olympic range, look south and find the majestic Mount Rainier, to my east is the Cascade range with the spectacular Mount Baker to our north. It is an amazing place to learn to “look up”. This week I got the chance to drive through the Cascades over Stevens Pass with the highest elevation of 4,061 feet. The pristine beauty was breathtaking. There is one section on the highway, where you come around a curve and right before you is a peak of stone—rising straight up from the valley, like a carved monolith. With fresh snow enhancing its rocky features, it was so stunning. I wanted to stop and just gaze at its glory, but there was no place to stop. Looking at it made all the concerns I was carrying drift away.

I couldn’t help but lift my eyes to that breathtaking creation of the Lord. Looking at that mountain, I could not help but think of the Creator, and just worship Him. All those mountains that surround Whidbey Island are beautiful reminders of Him, too. But I confess, I don’t always look up and see, comprehend, or just enjoy the gift He has given me. Can that also be the same with our Easter celebrations? Can we get so busy planning, prepping, and serving that we forget to embrace the fullness of its meaning?

As we grow closer to celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter, it is my heart cry that we will not just “be busy” about our Father’s business….but we will see and comprehend with fresh eyes all the glorious aspects of what it took for our salvation to be purchased. Like the Apostle Paul, it is my prayer that the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you.(Ephesians 1:17 (ESV).

There is so so much to comprehend, appreciate and understand what Jesus did for us. Ephesians 1:4 declares: Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit made a plan that included you and me. A plan that was/is good. A plan they foreknew would cost a lot. And they still executed that plan.

For me, I so easily forget the price that was paid for my salvation. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can boldly go to Him during our time of trouble. We have a relationship with God, the creator of the universe! It’s almost incomprehensible! I am teaching astronomy to three of my grandchildren. As we study the vastness of space, the variety of the different planets, I am awestruck that He knows me by name! He knows you by name. Help us take some intentional moments to ask Him for a fresh revelation for us this Resurrection celebration season.

Father, I ask that you help us comprehend with fresh eyes the understanding of just how expensive our salvation was. Forgive us for being so nonchalant about it at times. You are worth of all our honor. Teach me how to appreciate You, in an even greater manner. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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