Set Your Eyes on Things Above

Last night Sara and I went out to watch a flyby of the International Space Station. It is making a series of passes just after nightfall here in Southern California, which means the sun is shinning on the space craft and it easily visible as it streaks across the night sky. Last night we watched the bright white spot for five minutes as it arched from west to east.

Last night we went out to watch it again. Standing in the quiet darkness of our back lawn we scanned the skies until we saw not one bright light streaking across the sky, but two. The space shuttle had already detached from ISS and was flying ahead of it by a few seconds. As they silently traversed the darkness, their orbit took them just beneath the half moon in the southwest sky. It was a moment.

But then the moment got even better. As Sara and I watched the space station and shuttle two brilliant shooting stars came over our heads from behind and joined the dance going on in the sky above us. It was one of those magnificent moments that take your breath away. As the space station and shuttle went out of sight and the shooting stars faded away, we stood looking at the night sky in wonder. There is stuff going on out there in the universe, even beyond our little planet that we hardly ever think about.

It reminded me of Paul’s encouragement,

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Col. 3:1-2

Tension and frustration builds in our lives when we live in our circumstances without the awareness that he is in them with us as well. We are not alone. He is doing things that we may not even see or be aware of, that if we knew it our hearts wouldn’t be so torn apart by the trials of this life and the schemes of dishonest people. We live in fear and make our worst choices when we think we are all alone having to fix what is broken in us or things around us. Instead Paul invites us to behold him, setting our hearts on what’s above—his presence and his working in us.

Let’s not live with your eyes only looking at what’s going in the physical world we see. Ask him to teach you how to focus the eyes of your heart on the fact that you are not alone, that he is with you working out all things in conformity with his will and purpose.

That’s what I learned last night as I stood with Sara in our darkened back yard, watching a dance across the heavens. Of course, Paul wasn’t talking about space shuttles and space stations, but if you want to see the space station tonight, it will be going across the west coast from 8:00 to 8:05 tonight.

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  1. Roger Lansdell July 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you. These were the very words I needed today.

  2. kent July 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Wayne, as I read this post the vastness and wonder of all that has been created (seen and unseen) came to mind and it brought to mind something I wrote this last week in response to something else. Since the life hidden with Christ in Father is of the stuff of faith in that which is not seen…if that’s not more real to us than what is happening around us we will be governed by and jerked around by our circumstances.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of myth and superstition and mistaken notions and how these things effect our lives. It seems to me that this life is full of more mystery than it is of absolutes and certainty. If faith is something that can’t be proven and it rides on that which is not seen, does that mean the line between faith and the things I mentioned above exist a lot closer to one another than most religious people are comfortable with, so instead faith is replaced with a definable rigid belief system in order to make people feel more secure…and yet in reality people really don’t feel secure?

  3. Tom Wymore July 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Well stated, friend! So simple, so good that it has to be true. And so much what I continue to pray for you all.

  4. Roger Lansdell July 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you. These were the very words I needed today.

  5. kent July 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Wayne, as I read this post the vastness and wonder of all that has been created (seen and unseen) came to mind and it brought to mind something I wrote this last week in response to something else. Since the life hidden with Christ in Father is of the stuff of faith in that which is not seen…if that’s not more real to us than what is happening around us we will be governed by and jerked around by our circumstances.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of myth and superstition and mistaken notions and how these things effect our lives. It seems to me that this life is full of more mystery than it is of absolutes and certainty. If faith is something that can’t be proven and it rides on that which is not seen, does that mean the line between faith and the things I mentioned above exist a lot closer to one another than most religious people are comfortable with, so instead faith is replaced with a definable rigid belief system in order to make people feel more secure…and yet in reality people really don’t feel secure?

  6. Tom Wymore July 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Well stated, friend! So simple, so good that it has to be true. And so much what I continue to pray for you all.

  7. Julie Todd July 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Wayne,
    I just finished reading another of your wonderful books. My husband and I couldn’t put “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore” down. God’s up to something with us. The message in the book lined up perfectly with a set of cd’s we’ve been listening too.

    All I can say is WOW…

    Thank you for writing….

    I’ve read 3 of your books now. (He Loves Me, Authentic Relationships and now So You Don’t Want to Go To Church…..) You are definitely speaking our language….

    Julie

  8. Julie Todd July 30, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Wayne,
    I just finished reading another of your wonderful books. My husband and I couldn’t put “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore” down. God’s up to something with us. The message in the book lined up perfectly with a set of cd’s we’ve been listening too.

    All I can say is WOW…

    Thank you for writing….

    I’ve read 3 of your books now. (He Loves Me, Authentic Relationships and now So You Don’t Want to Go To Church…..) You are definitely speaking our language….

    Julie

  9. Jess July 30, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Thanks Wayne for such a wonderful reminder. Some tough stuff happening for me here and these are the words I needed. Blessings to you and Sara
    Jess

  10. Jess July 30, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Wayne for such a wonderful reminder. Some tough stuff happening for me here and these are the words I needed. Blessings to you and Sara
    Jess

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