Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

“Look Up!”

ww-lookupDeep within the canyon walls

Advancing on foot slowly along the shallow stream’s path

Water rushing swiftly underfoot

Swirling along the riverbed in eddies

Shifting the pebbles in its wake

Turning muddy when agitated by one’s footfall

Cliffs gradually closing inward

Sandstone

Brilliant red and orange

Swirled and grooved by time

Sculptured with design

Eroded by wind and water

Adjacent side-walls rising steeply upward

With crevices catching the light

Deepening shadows

Hemmed in by the encroaching canyon

Ever-narrowing with each step

The water-filled streambed reaching from side to side

No way of escape

But “look up”!

The deep blue of God’s brilliant sky shines from above!

Illuminating the canyon with shafts of radiant light!

Feel like you are in a canyon sometimes?

Encroached upon on every side

Hemmed in by circumstances

Besieged by difficulties

With no way of escape

Buffeted

Swirling and shifting along in life

With no sense of direction

Not sure of your footing

In the shadows

Losing sight of what is important and lasting

Stop!

Look up!

Don’t look at the encroaching walls and swirling waters

God is faithful

In your temptation to doubt Him

He will provide a way out, a way of escape

He will give you a firm place to stand

Even in the midst of your canyon

For

God’s light shines from above!

He is the Light in the darkness!

Shining through to you wherever you are

God’s Word is a lamp and a light

Giving direction to your pathway

Leading you

Through the canyons of life

God is our place of refuge

Our Deliverer

When troubles surround you like mighty waters

He surrounds you with His love and protection.

His care and provision

Able to help when you’ve lost your way

Look to Him!

Fix your eyes on the Lord

For He is your salvation

He is your Jehovah Jireh, your provider!

The Mighty One!

Look up!

 

Scriptures:

Genesis 22:1-18 – v.14 – So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
Psalm 32:6-11 – v.7 – You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
John 1:29-34 – … “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 8:12, 12:35-36 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I Corinthians 10:12-13 – …God is faithful; …he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Hebrews 3:1-6 – Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess…Christ is faithful…

 

Written June 22, 2013 by Madeline Beber

Clinging to Christ…

looking to Him in the canyons of life!

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