“Look Up, I’m with You!”

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 121:1-2 ~

Sometimes I feel as if I’m deliberately being overwhelmed in an attempt to make me sin against the Lord by turning away from Him; to accuse Him of being negligent with what’s going on in my life, in the lives of family and friends, the church, and the world. The Bible records what Job said after everything had been taken from him, “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). 

I don’t want to “sin nor charge God with wrong,” so I need to be sober, awake, and not let myself be lulled and deceived into accepting a strategy that I call, “Attrition by Overwhelming,” Attrition, according to the Google dictionary means, “the action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure.” Google’s example sentence is, “the council is trying to wear down the opposition by attrition.”

It’s exactly how I feel. The enemy of my soul, the world, and my own body have conspired to wear me down relentlessly, to make me an ineffective witness for and child of God, by overwhelming me with a barrage of distressing events and things. If it weren’t for the Lord, I don’t know where I’d be. It’s comforting to know that He knows what I need, when I need it, and provides for that need.

On Sunday, a pastor reminded me that Jesus said in Matthew 12:20, “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench.” He said that bruised reeds are used by shepherds to make music and smoking flax is tended so that it can burn brightly again. It was the encouragement I needed. 

“I am not alone.” Psalm 121. April Casillas on US 395S. © August 2018

My friend sent me this image as her family was driving through Mammoth. That old house is so tiny, compared to the size of the sky and the mountains that surround it. But it’s still standing through all the elements that assault it day and night. And, by the grace of God, so am I.

Though my body is falling apart, there is One who tells me, “Look up, I’m here for you. Am I not your Shepherd? Am I not with you and for you? You are not alone, Maria. I hear your heart’s cry. You’re on the path I’ve made for you. Do not grow weary nor lose heart. Remember that those who seek My help will receive it. Trust Me.”

Our God is faithful and true. Though we might not understand what He’s doing in our lives or in the world, we know this:  He is sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. There is none like Him, no one can ever compare to Him. He is God and knows how frail and weak we are. Yet, He loves us so much that He gave His own Son to redeem us. He is our strength and refuge from things that overwhelm us. He is with us, we are not alone.

Join me in magnifying our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose ears are attentive to our cries and who delights to help us.

Psalm 121, NJKV

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Amen. All praise and honor and glory are Yours, O LORD.

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