Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

LOOK UP! Vol 9 No 14

April 27, 2010

Dear Friend,

Last weekend my son, Lee, and I walked the magnificent terrain of Yosemite National Park.  The giant sequoia trees, majestic waterfalls, and wonderful vistas are incredibly beautiful.


Overshadowing everything is the presence of several gigantic rock formations such as El Capitan and Half Dome.  Their seemingly flat walls of granite rise over a mile from the valley floor.  No matter where you are in the park you are aware of these overwhelmingly immense stone faces.


Imagine mile-high granite cliffs.  You cannot help but look up and be aware of them!


It wonderfully pictures the image David offers in the 91st Psalm: “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’" Psalm 91:1-2*


The only way to ignore the immense presence of the towering granite rock faces of Yosemite is to look down.  But when you look up, the immensity of the cliff’s presence is a dominating reality.


So you always have this choice:  to walk about in life looking down with eyes focused only on problems, smart phones, computers and people or to look up and be fully aware of the immense presence of the God who loves and watches over you.


So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,” Colossians 3:1-2


Look up!


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2010 E. Stanley Ott

*Scripture from the NRSV