Lift Your Eyes to the Heavens! By Jo Russell

As a person visiting from arid Arizona, Barbara expected a reaction in the coastal town supermarket when she remarked to no one in particular, “Wow! That rain is really coming down!”

No one in the supermarket even blinked. With an average of 62.5 inches of precipitation a year in all forms, residents of the small seaside town just couldn’t get excited over anything dropping from the sky – rain, snow, sleet, ice, fog, hail, or seagulls and their by-products.

Even a church marquis used the weather as a take-off with this advice, “Lift up your eyes to the Heavens…and watch out for ice and snow!”

Lifting our eyes to Heaven with thanks to God is a great way to start each day. Thinking positive can alter the attitudes about experiences in life. It’s easy when they are…

• so few visits to the doctor, he doesn’t remember who you are
• healthy kids and grandkids
• bountiful gardens free of cutworms
• sunny days
• answered prayers
• a dream getaway vacation
• bonuses and bank accounts that are in the black

But life’s experiences also mimic ice, snow, avalanches, accidents, and black ice. For over a hundred years, Morton Salt proclaims that when it rains, it pours.
That may come in the form of:

• misplaced luggage that visited more states than you have
• missing shoe from each pair belonging to the under-10 set when they arrive at your home.
• a midnight family reunion at the emergency room or poison center
• a surprise diagnosis by a medical team
• the smiling repairman earning time and a half, whistling his way through a house so filled with family for the holidays, he wonders if this is the four-wall equivalent of “How many students can you cram into a Volkswagen?”

Ah, life! Such variety!

Yet through the fair weather and the freak storms, we can count on God as our refuge and our strength even when there’s a whole lot of shaking going on! “Therefore do not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… The LORD Almighty is with us and the God of Jacob is our fortress.” [Ps. 46:2-3, 7]

What if you’re trying to sleep with all that racket? David wrote, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. [Ps 4.8] And he could drift off to dreamland while rain pelted on the roof.

So can you. Remember to lift your eyes to the Heavens, and God will give you rest—through every kind of storm.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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