This past Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. In Acts 1:9 it says Jesus “was lifted up, and a cloud took Him from their sight.” Then two angels addressed the apostles asking why they are just standing there looking at the sky. We lose things in our lives that are valuable to us.

It could be a job , our health, a loved one, and in the midst of this pandemic, our ability to gather, give a hug, embrace a loved one. When this happens we, like those disciples, look up and fixate on what we once had but don’t have now. It is then we need to remember what those angels said next. Just as Jesus was taken up to heaven, He will return. He will come in a new way.

Let us not fixate on what we had or what we used to be able to do or who was there to do it with us. The way forward is to believe that there are new ways to live, new paths to joy, and new relationships to support us.

Let us not stand around staring into the sky. But look through the eyes of faith and see the next good thing that God is giving us right here in our midst.