This might seem like a lame piece of advice, but it’s something that I live by. As a photographer, I inherently am forced to ‘look up’, just as a part of the job. I am forced to see every little detail, the whole picture, where the sunlight falls and to be aware of my surroundings and how they are changing at all times.
It’s been the biggest blessing of my entire life, and one that I never saw coming.
By remembering to look up, I have realized that there is an entire perspective that I am missing if I keep my head down. I see only the ground or my immediate circumstances. Usually I see the hard work, the drudgery, what seems impossible and even just, the dirt. When you look UP, you are always enlightened to something greater. The perspective, even if it’s just a tree, is always magnificent in some ways. It reminds me of hope, of my creator, of a world bigger than me. I can see the breeze swaying the trees and it always gives me a moment to feel small. And not small in a bad way, but in a hopeful way.
I am thankful that I am small in this world. It means that I need to rely on a God that is bigger and greater than me to bring me through this life. I am thankful for different perspectives and that he gently reminds me and encourages me to look up- no matter how hard life gets. I find so much inspiration in this perspective, and it helps lift my spirits on the daily.
When life gets hard and you find yourself looking down, change your perspective and LOOK UP. You never know what you are missing when you are looking down, and lifting our eyes to greater things and hope is a discipline that should be practiced.
“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.” Psalms 121:1-2