“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
“Look up,” my horseback riding instructor shouted from across the arena. “You don’t need to look down. You’ll know if your horse isn’t below you when you hit the dirt.” She had a point.
Rather than looking forward as I loped around the arena, I stared intently at my horse’s neck to make sure that he was still there. Somehow I knew that at any moment, he may decide to leave me behind. If I just kept gazing at his mane, he would stay with me.
But if I keep my eyes forward, I would see the beautiful trees and pastoral pastures surrounding the arena on a warm summer day. I would see my greatest fans cheering me on from the fence. I would notice my horse’s elegant lope rather than fear that he might depart from me. I would enjoy the ride.
I have experienced the same problem in the way that I go about my life. Sometimes, I am so unsure of my circumstances, that I cannot help but look down and anticipate the worst. I focus on problems at work, financial issues, or anxiety about the future.
But by looking down and gazing at my potential troubles, I miss all that God is doing around me today. I miss the way God speaks to me through conversations with loved ones, crystal blue skies on crisp fall days, or even the quietness of my heart. My horseback riding lesson reminded me that I need to look up and “taste and see that the Lord is good” with eyes expecting to see God’s goodness.
In what ways have you seen God’s goodness around you today?
By: Sara Callen
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