All We Like Sheep, Dust, & Grasshoppers

view God lift eyesWelcome back to our series on sight. Today’s post is by Angela Parlin from So Much Beauty in All This Chaos.

Sometimes we need to be reminded what’s true about ourselves.

The swirl and chaos of life leave an Out of Order sign on our insides. We forget. We simply lose sight.

We lose sight of what’s real and true and important. Our eyes fill up with what’s in front of us, whatever mountain we have to climb, the challenges we face. And so we need to remember we are God’s masterpieces, and He treasures us. He made us wonderfully and with intention. He wants us to draw near to Him.

By God’s own definition, we are wanted and chosen and so very loved.

But sometimes I wonder if we don’t need to be reminded more often who God is—instead of who we are. I sat in my corner chair-with-a-view this morning, looking out at the sky and the birds and the backyard trees, realizing the freedom I find in lifting my eyes to heaven.

When I fix my eyes on Jesus, I’m free from so many thoughts of me. From so many needs. So many desires. So many distractions.

The truth is, I don’t only need a better view of myself each day—I need a better view of God. I need to fill up with who He is, not only focus on who I am.

I need to think less of me, and more of Him.

I was reading Isaiah 40. In which the prophet compares human beings to a variety of things. Some are questionable. Isaiah continues to point back to God, but nothing comes close to comparing with Him.

We are like grass that withers, like flowers that fall. But the Word of the Lord will endure forever.

We are the flock He gathers in His arms. He is the Shepherd who carries us close to His heart, who gently leads those who have young.

We are only a drop in a bucket. We are dust on the scales, like unto nothing. But He holds the dust of the earth in a basket. He weighs the mountains on His scales.

He stretches out the heavens like a tent to live in. He blows on the rulers of this world, reducing them to nothing.

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth. 

And from His view? We look like grasshoppers. Grasshoppers! Now that’s humbling. Which is really the point.

God is our incomparable Creator. His understanding is so far beyond ours. He even calls each of the stars by name.  He’s never exhausted, never weary. He is power and might. He’s the everlasting God, the amazing Creator of the ends of the earth.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens.

Our lives tangle up in chaos, often. We stumble. We fight. We exhaust ourselves. We hope. We hurt. We pray. We seek help. We work hard. We lay low. We escape the chaos when given the chance.

But through it all, our Creator is near. He always loves. Always sees. He’s always just. Always right. Always giving. Always true. Always worth following. Always on the throne. Always worthy and awesome and incomparable. His beauty remains.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

(verses 28-29)

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens.

Because sometimes, we just need to be reminded of what’s real and true and important.

Angela ParlinAngela Parlin is Dan’s wife and Mom to 3 rowdy boys + 1 sweet girl. She spends as many days as possible at the beach, and loves to watch romantic comedies, organize closets, be with her people, and play with nature photography. But more than anything, she loves Jesus and writes to call attention to all the beauty He weaves throughout the chaos of our lives. Join her at So Much Beauty in All This Chaos!

3 thoughts on “All We Like Sheep, Dust, & Grasshoppers

  1. Meg Weyerbacher says:

    “Our lives tangle up in chaos, often. We stumble. We fight. We exhaust ourselves. We hope. We hurt. We pray. We seek help. We work hard. We lay low. We escape the chaos when given the chance.” – This is so true for many I know, myself included. My prayer is that we can all help one another look to God and not amplify our issues bigger than Him. Sometimes when talking to friend, the words just don’t come, or they don’t out right. I need to learn to point to HIS goodness and know it is ok to not have the answers, because He does.


  2. melissa says:

    So timely, first off because I feel like some big mountains are set ahead of me right now, and I am tempted to despair. I need to turn my eyes toward Jesus. Second, because it’s 10:30 at night and I just sent my husband out to the drug store because my two year old son in bed crying due to pink eye (well, that is my guess, calling the doctor in the morning). I never had pink eye or eye problems before, and it seems so random, then I click on this blog on a series about “sight”!!!! Anyways, thank you to both Angela’s for this post. And prayers for recovered sight for you and my son oliver.


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