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I Am Looking For….

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1, 2). We need to live the life of the upward look. If we keep our eyes constantly on the things of earth, we live on a low plane and miss the best in life. We are like the man who found a gold coin on the streets and ever afterward kept looking downward in the hope of finding more of the treasures of earth. He missed the beauties of the flowers and the sky and kept his eyes fastened on the dust and mire of the street. We need the upward look in order to receive necessary help in the experiences of life. By keeping our faces turned Heaven-ward we are prepared to meet temptations and to care for the duties and responsibilities of life that come our way.  (Copied).

Annie Johnson Flint had lots of challenges in her life.  Some of the most difficult came when she was extremely young.  Her mother died during childbirth of bringing her younger sister into the world.  Her father learned that he had a terminal illness and took the girls to a widow of a man he had known.  The woman had two children and was poor herself, so two additional mouths to feed were not really welcome.  For two years, the small girls lived in a house with no love and little concern for their well-being.

A schoolteacher got to know the situation and begin to speak to the Flint family about the little girls.  Gradually, their hearts were touched, and they adopted the Johnson girls and gave them the family name, Flint.

Annie had a gift of writing and could express her thoughts best through her writing. She would write several hymns.  One of those is not well known, but the lyrics vividly express the feelings of all of us as we see our Lord in the crises of life through the lens of God’s grace.  It is entitled, I SEE JESUS.

“I don’t look back; God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets;
I leave them all with Him who blots the record,
And mercifully forgives, and then forgets.

“I don’t look forward; God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long, will lead me Home,
And He will face with me its every trial
And bear for me the burdens that may come.

“But I look up—into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled;
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness,
And perfect peace and every hope fulfilled.”