Man has always had a fascination with the sky, be it the clouds, moon, mars or just the wider universe in general. As a child, I myself spent many nights simply looking at the sky and counting the stars as they appeared. I used to do this with astonishment and wonder as I pondered about the greatness of the universe and question how the splendor of all that I beheld came about.
Maybe this is why men like Christopher Columbus braved the uncharted seas to find new lands, or Sir Edmund Percival Hillary ventured to be the first man to climb Mount Everest. There is something that is placed deep within man to go out and find more, to open doors and do more, to search for things unknown and acquire more.
Desiring to have more and longing for new heights are excellent character traits to which all of us have in varying measures. We need to do this to satisfy our needs, our desires, our pleasures or even to fill the void in our lives. So much so, that sometimes the longing to fill these missing elements have caused many of us to make poor and rushed decisions. To our detriment we accelerate to fill these voids and choose the wrong spouse, wrong profession or job, wrong friends, etc.
If not falling prey to a bad decision, on the flip side, we might make a good life decision but in the end you still feel empty and alone at moments. After you acquire this wonderful thing that you longed for it now seems dull and boring. After labouring so hard for it and getting it in hand, somehow it loses its appeal and value. Just this week I was speaking to a friend who echoed the same sentiments. The friend listed a barrage of good things they acquired, but yet they feel empty and without substance. Now tell me, is not life strange.
All that longing and desiring for physical things never seems to live up to their expectation in the end. While writing this blog the scripture from Ecclesiastes came to mind:
Ecclesiastes 1:14 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
What shall we do then? Shall we give up and quench the need for the things around us? Definitely not! My friend, I encourage you to channel that same longing for fulfilment by rerouting these desires from horizontal fulfilment to vertical fulfilment. I encourage you to LOOK UP, LOOK UP to the heavens and the God of the universe. Do you truly want to be happy in this life? Then stop spending so much time running after physical things that do not profit. Spend some time looking back on your life today and ask yourself this question, “in all that I have acquired in my life, what has truly satisfied and fulfilled me?”.
I strongly believe that true fulfilment only comes from a relationship with our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. That joy and peace that the Lord gives is everlasting and incomparable to anythings else and as one friend to another I say – TRY HIM TODAY.
Use that explorative and yearning nature within and search for the spiritual and ease up running after the physical, STOP RUNNING AFTER THE VOID. Look to the heavens and truly live!
The things is, when we look to Him, He in return will look to us. It first starts with us.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Forget what you have done yesterday or even way back in the past, forget what you think you might do tomorrow to mess up. Put aside for a moment what was done to you or what you have done to others that might be affecting your relationship with the Lord. Do something for YOURSELF today! Look up to the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2) and allow Him to put true and long-lasting happiness in your life once and for all.
PS: Dane Miller was last seen purchasing a telescope.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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Well said, straight to the point and timely. Keep up the good work.
Yes we must look up, but lets not forget where up is. Luke 17;21 Tells us the Kingdom of heaven is within you. This is crucial so while look up we need to know where up is. Matt 6:33 then tells us to seek the Kingdom first. So we seek the Kingdom by going within ourselves. Until we do this we will seek and seek and never find the Christ which dwells within us.
Good morning Ray and I thank you for your feedback as always. I note the scriptures you referenced but I am not in alignment with the interpretation. It seems to me you are alluding to looking within ourselves for the kingdom of God. While it is placed there the focus should not be there. We are now a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) with treasures within earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7). All this is happening because Christ is forming Himself in us (Galatians 4:19 , Ephesians 3:17).
What am I saying, I am saying we cannot focus on the gift more than the gift giver, we cannot focus on the deposit more than the depositor. After all, within us can also be found all manner of envy and strife. I would say focus within to let our light (the light which Christ placed) shine forth like the sun and keep tapping into our heavenly Father as our source, because everything else is a resource.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts as they are always welcomed.
Comments noted Dane, but I’ll stay with seeking the Christ within rather than without. Actually I wasn’t alluding; that’s what Luke 17:21 says. Matt 6:22 ask that we practice the single eye, I’m not sure if people really know what these means. In the same chapter 6:6 we are asked to go into our closet. Were not talking about your bedroom closet. For me Christ consciousness can only be developed from within, as Gaskell states we move from Earth to Water to Air to Fire and then Light. Matt 6:22 again “The Light of the body is Eye” not the physical eye. When we do this we can really begun to “walk on water” until then I guess where left with religion. Nevertheless good chatting with you.
Same here bro. Nice chatting.