Do the situations in your life feel like vast mountains standing in front of you, blocking your way? It’s how I feel often as I watch hard situations besiege some of my loved ones. There are days when I can’t see a way over, around or through those Mount Everest’s of life circumstance. I feel helpless to help them figure out a way through.
For the first time in a while, I went to church, and God met me this morning. He showed up right in my arms, as I held a tiny baby, singing and dancing in worship. (Well, as much as you can dance when holding a five-pound baby. I should probably call it swaying instead). I listened as Psalm 121 was read. I looked down at this tiny human that has so much growing left to do.
And for just that moment I knew everything that has been bothering me must have its answer in the One who made this tiny baby. Peace washed over me. The mountains were less insurmountable.
I might not have the road map for the way through the mountains in front of me, but I know who does.
I came home and looked up Psalm 121 in The Voice translation, which I often find helps me grasp the depth of a passage.
Psalm 121 (The Voice)
A song for those journeying to worship.
1 I look up at the vast size of the mountains –
from where will my help come in times of trouble?
2 The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains
will send the help I need.
3 He holds you firmly in place;
He will not let you fall.
He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep.
4 What a relief! The One who watches over Israel
never leaves for rest or sleep.
5 The Eternal keeps you safe,
so close to Him that His shadow is a cooling shade to you.
6 Neither bright light of sun
nor dim light of moon will harm you.
7 The Eternal will keep you safe
from all of life’s evils,
8 From your first breath to the last breath you breathe,
from this day and forever.
Vast mountains in your way? No problem!
Your help comes from the Creator of physical mountains, the One who knows every crag, every cliff, and also every detail of what you are facing. The one who knows what you need and who watches over your every breath and hair on your head.
If you have been around church for a while, you have probably heard these words more times than you can count. It’s easy to miss their impact or grasp hold of their truth, especially when times are tough.
He holds you firmly in place. He will not let you fall. He can’t because He never takes His eyes off of you. He keeps you so close His shadow provides a cooling shade for you.
Let that sink deeply into your soul.
From your first breath, like that of the tiny baby I held in my arms, to your very last, He is there, holding you.
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