Powers of Observation
How could she not see it? A shaggy dark brown wig was hanging from the dining room ceiling fan. It looked as if the fan had gotten the best of a Cocker Spaniel or won a battle with an Ewok.
My dad, sister, and I had decided to use this unusual choice of décor as a test. Known in our house for her lack of observation skills, my mom was the one unwittingly taking this exam.
Five feet above the table my mom eats at daily, in the center of the room she walks through multiple times each day, on the fan that is visible from the living room, the kitchen, and the foyer, thus in plain site from the moment you step through the front door, hung the wig. We simply hooked it over one end of a blade. Would she notice?
If memory serves me well, after about 48 hours we broke down and told her.
Much laughter ensued.
Her defense: “That’s not fair! I never look up!”
As amusing as I find this story, it does make me pause and reflect on my mom’s response.
‘I never look up.’
How often are we guilty of this? We are so busy observing the things around us (or not observing them) that we fail to look up. We think we are running things just fine. Everything is under control. We know our way around. We know all the answers. We see to it that we’re getting all we can out of life. But, we don’t realize what we are missing out on.
God has more for us. He wants to show us so much more that we’ll never see without Him. He’ll be our guide, our light, our salvation.
If only we’d look up.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.