and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”
[Acts 1:11 NET]
Pensive gazing is never the best occupation.
When our friends leave us we are not forbidden to sorrow, for it cannot be that hearts bereft can be without grief, but we are forbidden to sorrow in a way that breaks up our life of duty and service. I know a mother who lost a beloved daughter many years ago, who has done scarcely anything since but visit the cemetery and mourn. She dropped all her church work. Her home duties have been neglected. The living members of her family have received almost no care. She gazes up into heaven and weeps continually for her child.
This is not how our Lord wishes us to act. He wants us to go back at once to our duties, thoughtful, reverent, and serious, yet earnest and faithful, witnessing by our faith and hope to the glory of our Saviour. The way He would have us show our grief is in more beautiful living, more earnest service and sweeter praise.