Sunday, April 28, 2013


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

    “Don’t look down! Keep looking up.” In my youth, I wanted to help my Dad do some work on our house. At age 10 or 11, it was my first time on a ladder, and I clearly remember his words as I climbed up to the second story to paint one of the window shutters. My potential falling and injuring myself was my Dad’s concern. Having my feet off solid ground was mine!

    As I learned, heights were not to be trifled with. Serious injury could occur, but to help me overcome the unnatural climb of the ladder, my Dad got a second ladder out, and climbed along side of me. I  watched how he climbed effortlessly, keeping his eye on the top of the ladder, rather than watching the ground.
    Once I was up in position to scrape and paint, I was fine; I wasn’t going up or down, I was just  working at one height. And going down, was similar: don’t look down, but look forward or up; the rungs will be where you expect them to be.
Our walk with the Lord should always have us looking up rather than down at the world around us.  Our goal is upward. We raise ourselves up to His level for fellowship and teachings. Higher and higher  in our walk with Christ, we are compelled ever upward!
    Years later in the Fire Department, ladder training was a requirement. As all the trainees climbed a 100 ft. aerial ladder (that’s 10 stories tall!), my Training Captain repeated my father’s words of years before:   “Don’t look down! Keep looking up!”
    It is a Spiritual Truth, plain and simple. Whenever there are troubles or fearful situations surrounding us, we can always look up, to Jesus. And looking up, we won’t become fearful.
 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift
up your heads; for your redemption draweth near.”      ~ Luke 21:28

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