April 2 Keep The Skyward Look

Photo by Julie Ayers

Photo by Julie Ayers

Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

“They looked…and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.”  Exodus 16:10

On a day in the autumn, I saw a prairie eagle mortally wounded by a rifle shot.  His eyes still gleamed like a circle of light.  Then he slowly turned his head, and gave one more searching and longing look at the sky.  He had often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings.   The beautiful sky was the home of his heart.  It was the eagle’s domain.  A thousand times he had exploited there his splendid strength.  In those faraway heights he had played with the lightnings, and raced with the winds, and now, so far way from home, the eagle lay dying, done to the death, because for once he forgot and flew too low.  The soul is that eagle.  This is not its home.  It must not lose the skyward look.  We must keep faith, we must keep hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ.  We would better creep away from the battlefield at once if we are not going to be brave.  There is no time for the soul to stampede.  Keep the skyward look, my soul; keep the skyward look!

Keep looking up–

The waves that roar around thy feet,

Jehovah-Jireh will defeat

When looking up.

* * *

Keep looking up–

Though darkness seems to wrap thy soul;

The Light of Light shall fill thy soul

When looking up.

* * *

Keep looking up–

When worn, distracted with the fight;

Your Captain gives you conquering might

When you look up.

* * *

You can never see the sun rise by looking into the West.

~Japanese Proverb

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

Lord God, may the faith graciously given to us by the Holy Spirit draw our eyes ever heavenward as we walk with You day by day.  Forgive our sins for Jesus’ sake.  Guide and direct us in Your paths always.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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