Here at Clear Creek Community Church we have begun to read through the Bible this year.
(If you’d like to join us just click on this link http://www.readthroughthebible.org)
We just hit Exodus this week, but as we were reading through Genesis there were several things that popped out at me, most of which had to do with how terrible people have been from the beginning, but one thing that seems to be a recurring theme is when the LORD would speak to someone he would say “Lift up your eyes from the place where you are”. I did some searching and that phrase is peppered throughout the Pentateuch (Genesis and Deuteronomy) in several places and then comes back in some of the prophets writings later on when they are delivering more of what God is saying or when God is speaking to the prophet personally.
It may not seem like such a big deal until you think about how that also can be a direct word to us as believers and even as creatives. If you take a look at a crowd in our world today we often have our faces buried in our phones oblivious to the world happening around us. (maybe you do right now reading this…which I will give you a pass on!) We get stuck in places before we realize that we are stuck. We adopt bad habits before we realize we’ve slipped. Days pass by and we’ve been just existing.
I read a blog today where a guy who works for Spotify did the math for you on how much time you really have in your life that isn’t already appropriated to some inescapable activity, and with an estimated lifespan of 80 years he determined that we all have about 9.7 years of “free time”. That fact immediately made me cringe because I think of how much of that I’ve wasted already by age 39.
You can’t fix the past. You can capture today. You can hope in the future.
Some of you aren’t in bad places, but some of you are at the bottom of a dry well.
Some of you aren’t as far down the path on your 5 or 10 year plan as you’d hoped.
Some of you are trudging down a diverted path that scares the crap out of you, but in all of those, if you are anything like me, I can be surviving instead of living because my eyes are fixed on my feet.
It seemed like maybe, just maybe God has a different piece of advise that pushes to a larger vision for our everyday lives.
In John 4 when Jesus had just finished speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well he is then talking to his disciples in verse 35 when Jesus takes some of his Father’s jargon from the OT.
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
Jesus is reminding us of the beauty of “more”, of purpose, of his plan.
For all of us we have to answer the call TODAY “lift up your eyes from where you are”