Friends of mine live in a house by a river. A small tributary runs at the bottom of their rear garden and on the opposite bank, inhabiting bird boxes in the trees, are some blue tits. While visiting I watched them fly back and forth to the garden, the mum and her young. They were fascinating and I commented that we don’t see many birds at all where I live. My friend said, “You need to look up!”, and I realised immediately that I’d just been taught a valuable life lesson.

The world is very distressing at the moment. I’ve just been looking at the news headlines. It appears that coronavirus may cause riots in the summer, and thousands could lose their sight through missing appointments. Racism vies for coronavirus as the dominant news theme, with celebrities giving us their horror story. What on earth are we doing? How can we treat people so badly? Politicians continue to dismay us, whether across the pond in the USA or here in the UK. Some people are dismayed they may lose their holiday, while others are wondering if they’ll have a job to return to.

When you look at the world it’s not good, so look up instead. Take your eyes off the world, look up beyond the stars, beyond space and time, to see Almighty God in all his glory. The Bible paints an amazing scene for us:

“I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders … In the centre, around the throne, were four living creatures …. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”(1)

The writer, the Apostle John, found it impossible to describe the majesty of God, so he resorted to words “had the appearance of”. God is beyond human descriptors, so great is he. The Bible also tells us:

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”(2)

If you want to know God it’s only possible through Jesus Christ. He is the exact representation of God, and when he was on earth he told his disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”(3) He came to die for our sins, and afterwards he returned to heaven where he is sat at God’s right hand, so you can place him in the amazing scene described above. But you can also be sure of something else. After Jesus went back to heaven, his disciples watching him, this event occurred:

“They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”(4)

Jesus is coming back, and when he does he will right all the earth’s wrongs. Bye bye coronavirus, bye bye racism, bye bye hatred, anger, bitterness. Hello love, hello peace, hello happiness. This is the world that awaits those who love the Lord Jesus. Look up and find him now. He is there waiting for you.

(1) Revelation 4:2-8

(2) Hebrews 1:3
(3) John 14:9
(4) Acts 1:10,11