The Disciples, in this morning's reading (Acts 1:1--14) are a little confused -- what else is new?! If you think about it, however, a lot has happened in the three years they have been with Jesus let alone the last month and a half with Jesus. I'm sure, because we read it in the Gospels, that a lot of things not only changed but their thoughts and the way the tried to think, had changed. Now Jesus has been with them, raised from the dead (!) continuing to explain things, teach things and encourage them. No wonder they are going "is this the time?" Then, as Jesus is ascending to heaven, they stop and look up.
They also follow instructions, we're told in a few verses, to go back to Jerusalem and spend time in prayer and praise. It makes me wonder if we follow these instructions. When everything gets so hectic, when there is so much to get done, when an important "trip" is added to our "journey" of life, do we remember to stop and look up as we take time for prayer and praise?
Psalm 121 reminds us "I look up to the mountains -- does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (verses 1 & 2) Like the Disciples, pausing to watch Jesus ascend to heaven, we need to take time (no matter how busy we get) to have a "pause that refreshes" with God. I encourage you to take time daily with God to feel the "help" that "comes from the Lord."