If you know me, and especially if you are a Facebook friend of mine, then you know that I love sky pictures. I have taken hundreds of sky pictures from our upstairs bedroom windows that face the western sky.
Storms moving in:
Even a Great Horned Owl that used to perch on the top of our big pine tree (sorry for the fuzzy picture):
The view changes depending on so many factors. Weather, the time of year, the time of day, trees that have been cut down due to disease, and so much more.
On a recent morning, as I finished my quiet time, I looked out the window and was drawn to the pretty sky outside. But as I prepared to snap some shots of the sky, my eyes also saw this.
Can you see it? Where we once had a farmer’s field across the road from us, we now have a future housing development being built.
Civilization is encroaching upon us. Some call it progress, but we are not exactly happy with how the building of 300 homes will change not only our view, but our traffic and so many other things as well.
But do you know what won’t change? The sky itself won’t change.
I can still relish our beautiful sky, no matter what’s happening on the ground below.
Change is a fact of life. Some changes are exciting and wonderful, while others are sad and fearful.
What’s looming in your view today? Are changes possibly coming in your life that leave you unsettled and scared?
Our focus in those times is vital to our peace. I can choose to be filled with apprehension or to be filled with peace.
Just like I can choose to look at the houses being built, or I can choose to gaze at the sky above…so I can choose to center my attention on my problems ahead or to center my thoughts on God above.
I control my eyes…my thoughts…my focus.
Psalm 123 states this fact perfectly.
To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He shall be gracious to us.
God is sovereign over our circumstances.
God is also sufficient for us, whatever is our present or our future.
One more thing. The word “gracious” carries the meaning of someone stooping down in kindness to an inferior.
Just like God stoops down in His mercy to me, time after time, to hold my hand and show me His kindness, so He will do over and over as I walk this path of life.
This is my prayer for myself, to keep my eyes on God and not on what is around me or ahead of me.
I control my eyes.
I am so thankful that it is God Who controls my life.