Scripture: Psalm 121
Key verses: (1-8)
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
Reflection: We cannot help but get restless in spring. The weather begins to change and we think of getting out-of-town, heading to the mountains or to the beach. Our public school children are counting down the days until next Friday when they have spring break. Maybe you remember a time when you HAD a spring break! Just the thought of getting away invites a deep breath.
“I lift my eyes to the hills from where will my help come,” is the question from Psalm 121. I have always heard it as “I lift my eyes to the hills from where my help comes.”, right as I took that deep breath and pictured a long nap in the cool mountains, escaping the pressures of everyday life. I saw the mountains as God’s gift to the stressed-out Charlottean. Have you read it that way before? Maybe we read a lot of scriptures that way hoping God frees us from the stress, fear, pressure and pain of life, eliminating everything bad.
Written as a psalm for the pilgrims’ journey, it was a rhetorical question. The writers knew the mountains were filled with imminent threats. The hill country was not a place of peace and tranquility. What they did know was that God is always vigilantly protecting the way of the pilgrim.
As we continue the journey to Easter, we do not need to look for opportunities to escape, numb or distract ourselves. Let us be present in our everyday lives knowing that God is present in all things. We do not have to go to the mountains to find God or even find peace. Take a deep breath today and be present in the beauty that is your everyday life.
Prayer: As your prayer today, list three things you are grateful for today. At the end of the day, list three different things from the day that gave you joy and give God thanks.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].