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Look Up

One must always be aware, to notice even though the cost of noticing is to become responsible. ~Thylias Moss

We drive through the Great Smoky Mountains when my brother-in-law tells the kids to look around them. They have phones in hand.

I sit at my desk day after day, teaching and writing. My mouth drops open when I realize we are halfway through the year and summer is well past its beginning.

Grandma buys baby toys for the seven-year-old. The expiration date on the medicine is five years past. And the little girl I taught yesterday is getting married in a month.

Life passes so quickly, without our noticing.

Would you believe it was the same thousands of years ago?

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Luke 17 NIV

That was Jesus talking. Notice there isn’t anything wrong with what the people were doing: enjoying the good things of life, attending weddings and parties, planning for the future, conducting business.

The problem was that they didn’t look up. They didn’t see what was happening right in front of them. They were texting and walked into a pole. They were chatting and missed the road sign. They were watching tv while dinner burned the house down.

What is God trying to tell you? Is he warning you of danger like he did through Noah? Has he sent angels to rescue you like he did for Lot’s family?

Are you looking up?


Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21 NIV