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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER


WE ought to learn to look
up. Many people dwarf
their lives and hinder the
best possibilities of growth
in their souls by looking
downward. They keep their
eyes entangled ever in mere earthly sights and
scenes, and miss seeing the glory of the hills
that pierce the clouds, and of the heavens
that bend over them. We grow in the direc-
tion in which our eyes habitually turn. We
become like that toward which we look much
and intently.
BY J. R. MILLER


WE ought to learn to look
up. Many people dwarf
their lives and hinder the
best possibilities of growth
in their souls by looking
downward. They keep their
eyes entangled ever in mere earthly sights and
scenes, and miss seeing the glory of the hills
that pierce the clouds, and of the heavens
that bend over them. We grow in the direc-
tion in which our eyes habitually turn. We
become like that toward which we look much
and intently.

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LOOKING UPBY J. R. MILLER WE ought to learn to look up. Many people dwarf their lives and hinder thebest possibilities of growthin their souls by lookingdownward. They keep theireyes entangled ever in mere earthly sights andscenes, and miss seeing the glory of the hillsthat pierce the clouds, and of the heavensthat bend over them. We grow in the direc-tion in which our eyes habitually turn. Webecome like that toward which we look muchand intently.Yet there are those who never look upward atall. They never see anything but the thingsthat are on the earth. They never see thestars. They never think of God. They do notpray. They have no place in their scheme of life for divine things.There are two conceptions of the universe — the scientific and the religious. Sir OliverLodge says : " Orthodox modern science showsus a self-contained and self-sufficient universe,not in touch with anything above and beyonditself. . . . Religion, on the other hand, re-quires us constantly and consciously to be intouch, even affectionately in touch, with apower, a mind, a being, or beings, entirelyout of our sphere, entirely beyond our scien-tific ken. The universe contemplated by re-ligion is by no means self-contained or self-sufficient — it is as dependent for its origin
 
and maintenance as we are for our dailybread upon the power and the good will of a being or beings of which science has noknowledge."The latter of these conceptions of the worldis the one that the Bible gives. This is ourFather's world. He made it, he sustains it,he lives in it, all its affairs are in his hands.One of the Psalms gives us this devoutthought of life : " I will lift up mine eyesunto the mountains." It was to God that thepoet looked. The mountains are a symbol of [ 262 ]God. The writer says also, " My help comethfrom the Lord." The minuteness of the divinekeeping is beautifully brought out in thePsalm. " He will not suffer thy foot to bemoved." On mountain paths a great disastermay result from the slipping of a foot. Manya life has been lost by a misstep among thecrags. But God's keeping extends even to thefeet of his children.There is another assurance of exquisitebeauty in the Psalm. No human love canwatch over a friend unintermittingly. Themost devoted mother sometimes sleeps by hersuffering child. But there is an Eye thatnever closes, that always watches. The wholePsalm shows the safety of those who lift uptheir eyes unto the hills. They are kept fromall evil. They are guarded when they go outand when they come in. We never can getaway from the divine keeping unless we giveup God and go out into sin. The greatest
 
mistake anyone can make is to leave God outof his faith and out of his life.To those who live thoughtfully life is full of God. Even if there were no assurances in theBible, telling us of his love, no promises of hiscare, common daily providence is so full of God that a thoughtful person could not doubthis existence or his care for his children. Godis the most real Friend in all the world,though we have never seen him. We can seehis footprints everywhere. We find evidencesof his love, his interest, his kindness, in peo-ple's lives all about us. If one says he hasnever seen God, he has at least seen God'sfaithfulness, evidences of his love, his interest.We may not hear his answer in words whenwe talk to him in prayer, but we see the an-swer in what he does to bless us.Some time since two men met on a vessel cross-ing the Atlantic. They soon discovered thatthey had both been in the American CivilWar, one fighting with the North, the otherwith the South. They discovered, too, thatthey had taken part, on one occasion, in thesame battle. Then this incident came out asthey talked together reminiscently. One nightthe Northern soldier was on sentry duty onone side of a little river, and the Southernsoldier was a sharpshooter just across theriver, picking off soldiers on the other sideat every opportunity. The sentry was sing-ing softly, " Jesus, Lover of my Soul," as hekept his watch, and the words of the old hymnwere heard in the still night over the stream.The sharpshooter was taking aim and wasabout to fire on the sentry. Just then heheard the words, " Cover my defenseless head

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