Set Your Sights High
Since I grew up out in the country, I got to enjoy great Easter Egg hunts every spring. Big yards that spilled over into fields and woods, filled with lots of nooks and crannies for hiding those treasures. Plenty of trees, bushes, and plants to search around. Sometimes our hunt included a big goose egg as the grand prize, or perhaps a few tiny eggs from bantam hens.
One year I joined a group of seven or eight other children for an Easter Egg hunt at a neighbor’s house. Once our hostess shouted “Go!”, we scurried around the yard and quickly filled our baskets with loot. After the adults tallied each child’s number of eggs, they announced that one remained hidden. We scoured that yard from front to back, examining the flower beds, the tire swing, every tuft of thick grass. Finally, we gave up. Then one of the adults pointed out the bright blue egg perched atop a wooden fence post, several inches above our eye level.
It’s often easy to miss something that’s in plain sight. But the reason we overlooked that last egg is because we were looking in the wrong direction. We were looking downward instead of up; we set our sights too low. Every day we have a similar choice: Which direction will we look? The same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in believers. Why should we focus on what we perceive as earthly limitations, when we can set our sights high and see God accomplish amazing things in our life?
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.