The other day I posted a picture of Doug with armfuls of blossom felled by the flying foxes which annually visit the tree for the nectar on my neighbours nature strip. I never take any notice of that tree and even don’t observe when it is in flower until there is a carpet of blossom on the ground. This is probably because I don’t look up. Doug on the other hand is always looking up. Pointing out birds or changing features around us as we go for our morning walks.
We often we use the term ‘look up’. When visiting another town we may ‘look up’ a friend or relative while we are there. If we are not sure of something we will ‘look it up’ to find out the facts. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “never memorise something that you can look up.” Winston Churchill said “dogs look up to us and cats look down on us.” Looking up has a positive connotation. ‘Up’ conveys beyond one’s self, past our immediate position. Generally, when I look up at the night stars the wonder of it all causes me to marvel at the vastness of the universe and the bigness of The Creator. It also makes my cares seem miniscule.
The old song, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden. Is basically a polite apology, but while the sentiments have some merit they give no solution. Jesus made no apology when he stated “In this world you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) In fact when He spoke of the last days he told us to ‘look up’ because our redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28)
So! In the physical sense we should ‘look up’ for we don’t know what we are missing. In the emotional sense we should ‘Look up’ and beyond ourselves and in the spiritual sense we should look up to God and believe the promises of Jesus.
So all I can say is: “don’t look down ‘Look up’. ”