I lift up my eyes 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
The Psalm verse referenced above reminds us to “look up” to where our help comes from. I don’t know about you, but when I am faced with a task, or a problem, I tend to literally and figuratively look ahead. This implies that I need to “plow ahead”- you know, just put your head down and plow forward.
The metaphor comes, I suppose, from the rugged and numbing work of plowing a field, especially when the work implements were just a hand plow and an ox. That was hard work, and the instructions were to keep your head down and keep plowing. I have inculcated that into much of what I do, as have many in my generation, and the generations before me.
Keep your head down and plow ahead!
However, there is value in recognizing that our real help comes from looking up. Churches, especially in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, were built to bring our eyes up- clear up to the amazing ceilings and vaults high above our heads. The magnificent structures that took decades, even centuries in some cases to build, were monuments to the glory of a God who was above.
So, lifting up our eyes to the One who can give us the help we need, especially when our own efforts are insufficient, is a pretty good idea.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be looking up to you and not just trying to face things alone in our own efforts, Amen