Lift Your Eyes Up


The other day my youngest child was complaining about having a lot of homework to do.  Sure enough, she barely got it out of her mouth before an older “wiser” child said, “You think that’s hard?  That’s nothing.  Just wait until you’re in high school!”  The funny thing is that I can remember said child being overwhelmed by the work in that very grade at that very age.

What changed?


Mothers of multiple children, do you remember juggling an infant, toddler, and perhaps a preschooler into various car seats, wondering why you ever thought caring for one baby was hard?  Are you a mother of three?   Don’t talk to the moms who have six, because you can hear them roll their eyes at your measly, three-kid hassle.  That’s nothing! 


The thing is, every phase of life has enough troubles of it’s own.  It may not help to look at the people around you with a more hectic schedule, a heavier workload, harder trials, or more dependents on their tax form.

The one perspective change that will help you today is this:

I lift my eyes up to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

(Psalm 121:1-2)

Lift your eyes up.

I have the privilege of living in a town that sits near the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  When the smog allows, we have glorious views of towering mountains.  Many times as I have struggled through the cares of my day, I have been compelled to lift up my eyes.  How small I can feel, and how trivial much of what weighs me down.  The perspective maker is the Creator.  He not only has power to speak the mountains into existence, but He calls himself my friend.  He is my helper.


You may not have mountains nearby, but you have the ultimate heart recalibration tool.   Pick up your Bible. Start in the Psalms if you need a quick reminder to look up.  Our default position is to keep our eyes on our own kingdoms.  Our own to-do lists, responsibilities, failures, triumphs and tragedies.  If you are anything like me, the more of yourself that fills your eyes, the more heavy life becomes.   We allow God to become small in our eyes.

Take a minute with me today and lift your eyes up:

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing…

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strengthto the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

(Isaiah 40:26-31)


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Jen Ratzlaff is a wife and mother of three who currently resides in Clovis, California. She devotes her time to her family and her home, and to trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus. Jen is moved by the power of God’s Word to change lives, and desires to pass it on. Her life-blood is coffee, and she loves a good biography and a comfy chair.

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