I Will Lift Up My Eyes

A man was walking along with John Wesley, the great Methodist leader, and was talking to the minister about a personal loss in his life and describing the great grief it had caused him. He was in a dark place, seemingly unable to move beyond it. In that moment of time, the two were outdoors and passing a meadow bound by a stone fence over which a cow was looking. Wesley asked, “Do you know why that cow looks over the wall?” The man answered, “No.” Wesley said, “Then I will tell you. It is because she cannot look through it. And that is what you must do with what would hinder you. Look over it and beyond it.”

You, too, may find yourself on some occasion and for some reason in a place that you cannot see beyond. You may be there now. If so, then this is good advice from Wesley. Or you can take the advice of the psalmist who wrote:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

As children of the living God, there is no dark experience that we cannot move beyond if we would but only seek help from above. The same God who parted the waters of the Red Sea, brought down the walls of Jericho, and opened the tomb for Lazarus—that God will make a way for you. He knows how to break down walls and open doors. He knows how to break chains and set captives free. He knows how to bring us through a dark valley, to a place where our cup of joy runs over and where goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life. He knows…

It’s true that “weeping may endure for an evening, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Yes—our God can (and will) turn sorrow into joy. Trust Him and He will show you! I know I am!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron


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