Acts 1:10-11 reads, They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
It’s easy sometimes to get fixated on something to the point that it cripples you and stands in the way of productivity. We get in our minds that our lives should go in a particular direction, that there’s only one way to do something, or that things are taking longer than we think they should.
The time we spend on fretting over the fact that life isn’t bending to our every whim is time wasted. Instead of focusing our energies on ways to move forward, we complain about our circumstance, worry about what’s going to happen next, or agonize over past decisions that have brought us to this point.
It is in these instances that our character is tested and our faith is tried. And, it is in these instances we have been commanded to move forward. Discover what you can do, learn how to do it, and then make it happen.
Philippians 3:13b-14 issues this charge, …But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
We can follow the example of the Men of Galilee and just stand and watch in bewilderment or we can accept the challenge God lays before us – with our eyes and hearts fixated on Him, take the first step toward victory.