“The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward.”
This is the story of Abram settling in the land promised to him. He and Lot had a little bit of a time trying to figure out how they and all of their livestock would fit in the land. After Lot decided to move on to another land, Abram was still unsure about whether he was in the place God wanted him to be. About the time he thought that, God said to him, “Raise your eyes now,” showing Abram to simply look up and see the land that God has given to him. Abram’s confusion about where to be is typical of us. We often miss God’s gifts to us because we have our eyes lowered. When we practice gratitude, we are raising our eyes to “look from the place where we are.” Gratitude makes us aware of the gifts that we would miss otherwise. It wakes us up to the reality of God who surrounds us always. When you “raise your eyes,” what do you see? God’s greatest gifts might be right in front of us and we are unaware.