By: Chloe Grabeman
If you know me, it probably didn’t take you too long to realize that coordination is not my most prominent of talents. I’d like to say I’m “uniquely clumsy,” because it’s not the basic things people often lack grace in, I know my way around a dance floor and I am even a decent ice skater. But when it comes to things like walking, I find myself with two left feet. Falling up stairs, tripping on sidewalks, you name it, I have probably run into it or fallen off of it.
A lot of the time it comes when I have something occupying my thoughts. For example, like all hard-working seniors in college, I put off my gen – ed science class until the last moment possible. I decided to take environmental science last fall because all of the labs were outdoors. I didn’t take into account that the only way to get to these outdoor locations was in an incredibly cramped van. So, one day when I was feeling particularly introverted and claustrophobic, I found myself the last one out of the van. In eager attempts to scramble out of the vehicle I was unexpectedly met face to face with the side of the car door, literally. And when I say I ran into this door, I mean this door slightly assaulted me. I hit it so hard that I couldn’t see out of my right eye fully for a solid five minutes. Either by the kindness or pity of God, my act of gracefulness was thankfully not accompanied with a black eye. But it could have been completely avoided if I had done the simplest thing.
So, this week’s blog is nothing super insightful but just some basic advice I wish someone had told me a half a second before I got out of that van.
Oftentimes, when the patterns of the world come at us with full force, we can find ourselves “looking down,” both literally and figuratively. When we get caught up in the whirl of life we find our mindset focused on the one thing that God is not doing and missing all the blessings of the present.
Hitting a metaphorical van door if you will.
Psalm 19 reveals how the simple act of looking up can change our outlook from panic to peace in the ways God speaks to us through his creation.
“The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
Taking a moment to notice the beauty of Gods creation has a way of reminding us how small we are, how small our problems and priorities are, and how endless God is in all of his ways. That he is working around us and within us to show us his love, care, and relief.
Let your actions of looking up serve as moments of surrender where you have taken control. This life was never meant to be lived on our own strength but in continual reliance on him.
Running into Freedom – Will Reagan
Running in Circles – United Pursuit
God Alone (Psalm 62) – Will Reagan
Come to the River – Housefires
Undivided Focus – Heather Clark
Vapor – The Liturgists
Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard (if you need a jam song ;))
Check them out on the Real and True Playlist on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/user/128815512/playlist/3YfqgeMjEUj7ZB8ydKd5qL
karen Ligon says
This was such a good story. You write beautifully. I,too, need to look up.
Chloe Grabeman says
Thank you so much Mrs. Karen! I do too, definitely a daily battle!
Cindy Jolly says
I love your writing, Chloe. Your analogy is spot on. When we walk together, Ron says I only look down and I miss the beauty all around me.
Chloe Grabeman says
It can be so easy to fall into right?! I do it all the time. Amazing the peace that comes in looking up!
Charlotte Moulton says
This is again perfect timing. I was trying to coordinate lunch at Sewee Restaurant for my husband & me with our grandson, Evan. Wallace was seeing an internist at Mt. Pleas. Hospital. I told him to go on to the car where Evan would meet us. After having set up the next apt., I go to the car … no Wallace. As I’m looking for him , he is exiting the wrong dr. Time is precious as we must leave quickly to have a visit with Evan. I stop and look up, asking God to help me calm down to find my husband. Almost immediately, Wallace appears. We go outside apologizing to Evan for being a bit late. God is always there when we look for him.
Chloe Grabeman says
Amen to that! I so understand those panicked moments! Our Lord always seems to come through for us!