“Look up, you whose eyes are fixed on this earth, you who are captivated by the events and changes on the surface of this earth. Look up, you who turned away from heaven to this ground because you had become disillusioned. Look up, you whose eyes are laden with tears, you who mourn the loss of all that earth snatched away. Something different that you see daily, something greater and infinitely more important and powerful is taking place. Become aware of it, be on guard, wait a short while longer, wait and something new will overtake you. God will come, Jesus will take possession of you and you will be redeemed people! Lift up your heads, you army of the afflicted, the humbled, the discouraged, you defeated army with bowed heads. The battle is not lost, the victory is yours – take courage, be strong. There is no room here for shaking your heads and doubting, because Christ is coming!” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I read this quote last week. I think it might be one of my favorite things I have ever read. I so often let my eyes get fixed on this earth forget to look up! It is SO unbelievably important to look up on a daily (and minutely) basis, because that is where all our hope is – that is where our King is.
This world is not my home. But I do have a home. And I must keep looking up to remember that something greater than I can imagine is taking place. Soon, Jesus will come back and then I will be home. And there will not be any more discouragement or tears or fear. Christ will come and we will be redeemed!