Are you looking up?

"Are you looking up?" by Elizabeth Desiderato (

Via Pixabay (2017)

These last couple of weeks have been very difficult for my family. We have been dealing with a stressful situation and trying to figure out how we can overcome it. Even though I have tried my very best to start every day, even every moment with hope, sometimes it just didn’t seem possible.

Thankfully, I have prayer warriors praying for us, which is a great way to feel supported and blessed. But my body began to ache from how heavy my cross had become — and maybe not even the cross but merely splinters. I tried to remind myself that Jesus carried his cross and died on it! I should offer mine up and keep going. So, I did, but as I was carrying my cross and dealing with the splinters I was looking down. I was focusing too much on the weight I carried and not on how Jesus was carrying me and all the things that were better in our lives.

On one of these dreary days in the hot summer, a spontaneous shower came down in the afternoon. My aunt and I had been running errands, and when we were walking out of the store she said, “Look up, it’s a rainbow!” and I did and I continued to look up for several minutes.

I really believe God was reminding me that no matter the circumstance he is there to help me find the many reasons to look up.

Copyright 2017 Elizabeth Desiderato


About Author

Elizabeth Estrada, a public school teacher, is an avid reader and enjoys crafting. She serves as a Catechist and resides in the Diocese of Dallas with her son Agustin.

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