Look Up!

Look Up!

Keith Tyson Keith Tyson October 09, 2017 1 comments

Since its deer season, how about a lesson? Hunters know that hunting from an elevated position such as a tree gives them some advantages. One is the hunter’s scent is less noticeable; another is deer seldom look up.

Apparently humans are the same way. I remember a cartoon in a hunting magazine years ago that showed two deer sitting on a branch in a tree above a clueless hunter where the one deer says to the other, “Humans seldom look up.”  The cartoonist didn’t know how true that is. It turns out we are a lot like other animals as well if what I found in the following piece is true – and I’m sure it is.

“If you put a buzzard in a pen that is six feet by eight feet and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly, and, no doubt painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler [I’m assuming they mean a clear tumbler], will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, we humans are just like these animals. We are struggling with a myriad problems and frustrations, never realizing that the answer is right above us. We would be saved pain, bondage, and destruction if we would only look up.

Either we never try or we try to break through impossible barriers when all the while freedom is right above us. The psalmist knew this when he wrote “I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from GOD, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” Psalms 121:1-2 (MSG)

Do you have mountains obstructing your view? Look up! Look to the one who overcomes the seemingly insurmountable. Don’t be guilty of seldom looking up. Look up! The Solution is right above you.

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  • Looking up improves our view. When window blinds are raised all the way to the top, we're more likely to see the beauty of the trees, the sky, birds in flight, and more.
    When blinds are only half way up, we see only what's down where we are. Thanks for good blog and the photo that fits so well. Ron
    Ron Sprunger at

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