If you have followed me for any length of time you may have heard me share the phrase, “Lift Up Your Eyes.”
This was not a nice little catch phrase but was birthed in the middle of a hard-fought battle to keep my gaze fixed on our Savior.
It was born out of what God has been showing me the last 2 yrs. and I guess even before that.
When my husband was diagnosed with Grade 4 glioblastoma brain cancer we found ourselves in the middle of one of the biggest storms of life. Definitely one, I never imagined we would be in!
Before I could even seek to press into the promises of God, while I was still bruised and battered and barely standing… God met me.
I felt His call to just “Lift Up My Eyes” to him and let him do the work. (Insert IG post here) When we fix our eyes on him, he has a way of reframing what surrounds us.
Remember Peter when he stepped out of the boat in the middle of the storm?
He was fine, while he kept his eyes on Jesus.
But when he let the fury of the wind whipping about him and the waves pulling at his feet distract him, he began to sink.
That is where He meet us beloved, in our weakness, when we feel our knees begin to buckle, he says Lift your eyes, fix your gaze upon me, remember I AM the author and perfected of your faith.
This, is why, we will always need the reminder of where to fix our gaze.
When we are in the middle of the storm, the way out is in the lifting.
Even if our situation never changes, we can see above the storm.
The more I exercised this phrase the more my hunger grew to know what comes next. What comes after I have lifted my eyes.
What comes next beloved, is the Seeking.
Once we have lifted our eyes to Jesus and let him reframe our circumstances we go on to seek his truth because that is where we find what fills up the broken and empty places in our souls.
As we begin to feast on His word, we are nourished and strengthened in what is truth.
We are quick to discern the lies of the enemy that would take us out and we are made new.
It is in savoring the goodness of God that we are able, to find joy in the worst of times and yes, even begin to savor the treasures around us.
So, let’s begin the next step of seeking our Savior, seeking the truths of God’s word that would reshape our broken hearts. As we learn to Savor the process of being in His hands, our hearts will begin to yield to His tender touch. And we will be comforted by the knowledge that our Creator is doing the shaping.