Have you been on any trips lately? Maybe you have some summer plans to take a vacation somewhere. In our household, the process of a trip can go awry, starting with the items selected for travel, the route, time, or expectations of plans for the upcoming journey. There is also a difference in our packing styles between Jennifer and my packing style. Although Jennifer and I can both get everything in the space we have, the way it is put in the car can vary. Often my pack job is repacked. An earlier version of myself would take this to heart and kick off a long journey with us both being in a bad mood because of my desire to be correct. (I’ve matured a little)
Today’s reading of Psalm 121 talks about a journey taken and where we should place all our trust. It makes a difference when you take every journey, trip, and vacation and lift it up to the Lord. Instead of my internal focus on the desires, I plan to happen, and I can look up and know He will provide. As a family or on our own, we are seemingly on the go constantly. (that’s another prayer) but still, even in these moments through the hills and valleys, we can look to Him for guidance, patience, hope, and love to put us exactly where we should be instead of panic or the power struggle of constantly feeling like we need to be in control.
On our journey, once you have looked up at Him, he reminds us in verse three that He won’t allow us to go off course once we have put our trust in Him. He will never sleep or leave or side. That even when our eyes want to shut or we feel like we may need to pull over and get some rest. He will be up waiting for us.
Any help we need in whatever real or metaphorical journey we take can be found in our Lord. Whether you are looking ou the windshield of life, the rearview mirror of the past, or lost on the side of the road, Look Up! Our Lord is right there. Our journey in life each of us is on today is God’s handiwork. We can have the assurance and protection He provides throughout our journey in life when we look to Him and trust.
He made the mountains and the valleys. He is with us in these moments in our lives. We will never reach any earthly destination that will look, feel, and be like it will in our eternal home in heaven. Even as you read this today, God’s untiring watch over our lives is present.
Our coming and going routines of life can feel like going through the motions. Look up! He’s right there, ready to go. So are you prepared for your next trip? You are not alone.
121 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does 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 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on 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 forth and forevermore.