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It took me by surprise. Walking up the path from Kindy, (well rushing actually since I needed to get to the office), I glanced up and was caught by the brilliance of the clear blue sky above. Not a cloud in sight, just the depth and radiance of the blue sky. So clear you could be forgiven for thinking that if you stared long enough you’d see Heaven itself, at the very least catch a glance of those pearly gates!

It seems for me, when I’m walking, my focus is on the ground in front, watching the next step ahead. Most of us would be the same, maybe allowing our gaze to rest on vistas at eye level at the most – architecture, harbours, gardens. But looking up to the sky as we walk, most unlikely. Could be slightly hazardous even? But it is not just watching our step that keeps our gaze to the path in front. It is the stress, the worries of life – the busyness of life that keeps our gaze downwards, our mind occupied firmly on terra firma, on the earthly realm.

Looking up at the sky today was like a shot of espresso, a pause in what was to turn out to be a very hectic day.

Sometimes we need to look up and gain a heavenly perspective for our lives. The perspective of eternity. What is God saying about our lives, about us? We need to bring Heaven’s perspective to our lives.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore

(Psalm 121)

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