Can’t see the forest for the leaves

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photo taken: Sunday, May 20th, 1:55pm

I realize that I misquoted this statement, but it fits better with this image.  It was, and still remains a mystery to me why so many people look out, or down, but never look up when walking through a forest.  The path may be dangerously steep or rocky, so yes you have to look where you’re going, I get that.  No mistake at all that the forest is filled with all different species of trees which are glorious all on their own, but together in the mix of trees, one could even call it magnificent.  But just once when you look up into the canopy… at the tops of the trees where the sun shines through… well most people never do see this image.

These leaves were a good 5 to 10 feet above my head, so the tops of the trees overhead had to be 75-100 feet above, or more.

Our eyes seldom focus on the far things, but rather on the things right in front of us.  These bright green leaves might represent our current circumstances, good or bad.  The tree tops might represent our future, sometimes obscured except for an occasional glimpse of what might be.   And the brightness of an overcast sky in the distance having no clarity at all, represents a hazy, gauze-like, white cotton heavenly, but unknowable, eternity.

I don’t want to miss any of it.  I want to capture everything in this life which God meant for me to experience, understand, and know.  So while I’m focused on the now, I live in the hope of seeing the tops of the trees before my life is over. Then, in the end, to go into that bright light, to be at home with the Lord.

Right now, I continue to look up, because I want to be ready.

Job 35:5   Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.

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