“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber. Psalms 121:1-3 NIV
This was my grandmother’s favorite verse, so today I honor her by sharing it with you.
The author of our verse today is lifting his eyes to the mountains and looking for help. Where do you think he’s standing if he’s looking up to the mountain? You’re right, probably down in the valley at the foot of the mountain. Maybe he’s thinking about hiking up the mountain and needs some help. And who does he look to for help?
Right again, the Lord. God, who made it all, the heavens and the earth, the valleys and the mountains, the sun and the stars, and each one of us. The Lord helps us to climb our mountains. He gives us strength and walks with us. He watches over us. Have you ever hiked up a mountain? It’s hard because it is uphill and sometimes rocky.
You may not have a real mountain to climb, but we all have “mountains” in our lives. Your “mountain” might be something really hard to do or a task that seems too big to finish. When my son was little, he used to think that cleaning his room was a “mountain” that he couldn’t hike. But he learned that if he did one thing at a time (like taking one step at a time) and then another and another, pretty soon he was at the mountain top. His room was finished!
Whatever your mountain is, you can be sure that the Lord is with you and is your help you as you hike your mountain, one step at a time. The Lord will watch over you and keep your foot from slipping. So look to the Lord and hike with Him to the mountain top.
This week talk to your parents about what one of your “mountains” might be. Together ask the Lord for His help and guidance. Talk about the best way to climb your mountain and hike with the Lord all the way to the mountain top. I know you will be a wonderful hiker!
Blessings as you reach the mountain top!