And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10,11
John and I were white-water rafting. Actually, I was white-knuckle rafting. Being directionally challenged, I’d hear “paddle left!” and vigorously paddle right. Consequently, I ended up in the water, watching John’s raft sail by. I panicked as my lifeline floated from view. (I didn’t know that in order to pick me up, the raft had to get ahead of me.)“Wait! Come back! What am I supposed to do?” I imagine the disciples felt the same way as they watched Jesus ascend into heaven. “Don’t leave us! What are we supposed to do?” Just as I had to forget the raft and focus on the things I’d been told -i.e. stop gulping water, put my feet in front of me, and move to the shore, the disciples had to stop staring into space and follow the next instructions.
Lord, we’re easily consumed by what isn’t, and neglect what is. Please help us with that.