The reality is that, if able, all of us at some point have climbed up something. Whether it’s stairs, a small hill or a mountain we can all relate. And one thing you will understand when taking steps up something, like a staircase, is it’s always easiest to remain looking down so know where you are stepping, right?
I was realizing this more and more on our most recent trip, which I have already shared several blog posts on, but I have another one today. I just had so much revelation when we were there that I want to continue to share it all with you.
I have said this so many times already, but if you are new to this space then something you should know is Colby and I love hiking and we try to hike as much as we can whenever we travel. Because we hiked so much, I couldn’t help but think on our last trip how much scenery we missed by looking down. We missed the nature, animals, lakes, forests, and people passing by. Every hike we took it was a constant battle between looking down as we hiked, yet also wanting to stop so we could look up and enjoy the scenery. It’s hard to do both, right?
If you are going through a trial it might seem like it’s easier to keep your head down. You might actually feel like you don’t have a choice or if you bury yourself in your situation or your pain then it will be easier. Or, maybe it’s just that you don’t realize there is a better way. But do you realize how much you will miss out on if you don’t look up? Do you realize that every day has purpose and the purpose doesn’t have to be defined by the pain? Instead, the purpose can be met with hope and expectation. The purpose can be full of laughter and joy. The purpose can be met with victory and celebration.
I think that many people have missed the beauty that is available to them because their head has been buried in their long wait, hard season or trial. Can you relate? Have you missed the scenery all around you? Has your hard season defined you? No matter what your answer is, I want to encourage you that it’s never too late to look up.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to look back on our 6+ years of waiting having missed one second of life I could have lived. I don’t want to look back and think about all the days I wasted away or how I was too focused on what was going on with me that I missed everything that God was doing around and in me. I want to make sure I enjoy every moment of the journey, but I know that can’t happen with my head down or when I am too focused on my problems, instead of God’s promises.
Have you missed all the things happening around you because your head has been down the whole time? Don’t waste another day. As you climb up your mountains know that the journey is much more enjoyable when you take time to look up!
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