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Just Look Up

Just Look Up

I spent many hours looking up at the sky as I drove to and from the hospital to be with my granddaughter. As I did, I realized why God gave us such an extraordinary roof over our heads.

Sometimes, UP is where we look for hope and inspiration. Other times, it could be we just want to feel the freedom of a wide-open space. No matter what time of day or night, the beauties of the sky can overwhelm us.

Yes, there are scientific reasons for why the sky is blue, why clouds form and why we are blessed with the amazing Northern Lights, but nevertheless, these are God’s creations. Each sunrise and sunset allows us to see astounding images of God’s handiwork. Along with their beauty, they bring a peaceful balance between mind and spirit.

How long has it been since you laid on your back and watched the clouds form animals and silly faces? If you haven’t done it in a while, you should. It will take you to a place of peace.

At night, we are amazed by all the twinkling stars and wonder how many millions there really are. Think of how breathtaking it must be for astronauts to witness the cosmos from a perspective we can only imagine.

I look up because this is where I find inspiration that I can’t find any other way. If the sky could talk, it would probably say something like this:
“When you walk outside today, just look up. You will see me there. I have painted an electrifying canvas that surrounds your world and everything in it. I have the power to lift you up and take you as far as your imagination can reach. I penetrate your soul every day and continually open doors to all that is possible. All you know of life is protected by me and I hold the secrets to what lies beyond.

I am a blue diamond brilliantly cut with the ability to radiate my color back to you, filling you with the astounding force of life. I represent the essence of all forms of life, and through my baby blues, I send to you my feelings of deep affection.”

If you look at the sky with this message in mind, you will, without a doubt, find yourself sailing away on a cloud or swinging on a star and bringing moonbeams home in a jar. In these moments, you can feel the power of God’s love. It’s therapy for the soul. Once you open up and allow the beauty of the sky to come in, you will feel lighter and lifted up.

As I searched for peace of mind after losing my granddaughter, I trusted in God’s beautiful sky and all its wonders to carry me through. I still look up every day and thank God for holding my hand through this devastating experience.


Mary Jane Clayton is an award winning author and illustrator who lives in Southern California.

Her most recent book, Brittany’s Rose, was published by Balboa Press in 2012. This book is a tribute to her granddaughter, Brittany, who lost her life to leukemia at age five. The story will take you on an emotional journey from heartbreak to peace of mind. After journaling for twenty years, her peace was finally found when she made the decision to believe in the unbelievable. She received an award from the Southern California Book Festival and also received the Beverly Hills Book Award.

She is the editor and illustrator for a children’s book Twin Dragons which was published by Xlibris in 2008.