Monday, July 28, 2008
Some of the best advice that I have heard in a while is, “Look Up!”
We were instructed to wear our helmets and to watch our heads. If we collided with something we were to say, “Thank you helmet!” and then attempt to be more careful, cautious, and observant.
You see, we went caving last week with one of our adventure camps and we were squeezing through some pretty tight corridors to navigate this dark cavern entrance and passage. We were prepared though. We had on helmets, gloves, long sleeves and pants, and a headlamp to be able to make our way through. You really had to watch what you were doing to keep yourself from getting stuck, or hurt, or worse, lost. There were times when we were crawling through some long tunnel like passages on our bellies, you know, the army crawl thing where you are basically dragging your body along. In these tight situations you had to look at where you were going and what you were doing, and you had to look up. If you didn’t you were sure to get a head ache, or go missing, or get turned around.
Paul tells us to look up in Colossians 3: 1-2:
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. ”
Peterson, Eugene H.: The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, 2002, S. Col 3:1-2
In Caving you have to be aware of your surroundings, you have to follow your leader, and you must look up. This is no different in our walks with Jesus. If we are going to complete this journey, if we are going to exit this present darkness and enter into the celebration of His marvelous light, we must look up. We cannot look down at what is just right in front of us. We cannot look at the ground and to those things that so easily distract us from our God and where He is leading us. We must look to Christ and what is going on around Him. We have to be aware of our surroundings and be aware of His leading. It is Jesus’ perspective that will lead us on our way.
Looking up and being led on The Way,