One of the last things my eyes see before they close for the night is the sky.
One of my evening responsibilities is to take Lucy Mae for her final outing before I retire. Since we do not have a fence around our yard, and since I do not trust our furry baby not to run after critters, this requires me to leash her up and romp her around the house.
What started out as a nuisance has now become one of my favorite Godstops. For as soon as I step one foot on the porch, my eyes are drawn upward. And I cannot look up at that vast expanse without instantly connecting with Him.
Some of our most intimate moments have occurred in that last walk around my house in the evening. Whether the sky is clear and filled with stars, or illuminated by a sheath of clouds, He always reveals Himself to me.
The past couple days, I’ve been a little blue. Wishing my husband would spend some special time with me, wishing my children wouldn’t bicker so, wishing a genie would suddenly appear and magic my house into order…
But when I look up at the sky, these feelings melt away. Because my Heavenly Father seeks me. He pursues me in this ordinary moment. He tenderly whispers things eternal in my ear. He woos me with His love.
“I feel lonely, Lord,” I might say, as I think of the movie I’ve been asking Jeff to take me to see for three weeks.
“Jeff has been so busy,” is His reply. “He needs some time for himself right now. Let him relax. Come be with me for a time; I’ll keep you company.”
And He might burn a shooting star across the sky. Or unveil the moon from behind a cloud…or open my ears to the night sounds so sweet.
“The boys are driving me crazy!” I say. “They cannot be together two minutes without arguing.”
“Remember Jacob and Esau?” He gently reminds me. “These times will pass if you show them your love. They need to feel valued for who they are. Celebrate their uniqueness with them. They both need your love more than anything right now.”
“I’m just tired,” I might say.
“Come to me and rest,” He replies.
For every broken thought, He is there.
He seeks me in this ordinary moment. All because I chose to look up.
He pursues. Passionately.
Look up, Dear Ones. Look up.