Jesus spoke these things; and lifting His
eyes to heaven ...
~ John 17:1 (in part)
"I raised my eyes toward
heaven and my reason returned to me ..."
Nearly every day, & sometimes several times a day I walk to the front windows of my home & survey the valley below us. Watching the seasons come-and-go from on high still leaves me in awe. Right now the farmlands are a rich, lush green; and trees once naked are again festooned in leaves.
While walking the dog a few days ago I took the above photo from the vantage point of the blossom-laden pear orchard below the house. It occurred to me that I've likely missed a bounty of beauty by not training my gaze equally upward as outward & onward.
What a simple concept: Look up.
Many were the days of my childhood when I lay upon a grassy cushion to watch the sky. My imagination was vivid in those days, so it fired on all pistons when I'd survey the placement of clouds or a starry array. Even the blank of a sunny, blue expanse drew my breath away.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but
on what is unseen, since what is seen
is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18
How lovely it is to look up ~ to the vast, unending abode of God and angels; of the beloved departed; of dreams & visions; of hope & glory; of omnipotence and omniscience. No wonder earth pales by comparison.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are no rules of architecture for
a castle in the clouds.
~ G.K. Chesterton
It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains
of the sky. Behind me and before me is God
and I have no fears.
~ Helen Keller
I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward
heaven and my reason returned to me,
and I blessed the Most High and praised
and honored Him who lives forever.
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and His kingdom endures
from generation to generation.
~ Daniel 4:34
... let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us, fixing our eyes on
Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
~ Hebrews 12:1-2