Yesterday, as I sat in church, I listened as our pastor expounded on the first two verses of Psalm 121.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV)
As I listened to him, I thought back to the days away over the Christmas season that I blogged about last week. Pictured in my mind were the hills that surrounded MJ and me in the magnificent valley we stayed in for three days.
Valley experiences give us an opportunity to look up to the surrounding hills. If there is no valley, there are no hills. If there are no hills, we never get a bird’s eye view created by the Maker of heaven and earth. How many of us wonder what the view would be like from the top of the hill, but never expend the necessary energy to get to the top? How many of us are so busy wallowing in the doldrums and difficulties of the valley that we never take the time to look up and enjoy the beauty of the hills?
One of the pictures attached to this blog includes MJ pointing to the hill that we had just climbed that morning. The action caught on camera is significant. Sometimes in the business of life, you need to stop, point, and look up to the hills that surround you. You need to make a conscious decision to leave the valley and take the time to climb to the top of the hill so that your situation is put it into perspective. How many never enjoy the view from the top of the hill because they expend all of their energy wallowing in their woes or trying to fix their problems in the valley?
Those who take time away from the valley and make an effort to climb to the top of the hill discover the protection describe by the psalmist in the remaining verses of Psalm 121.
“He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber…The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
By the way, the reality of life means that you will need to come down off the hill and return to the valley from which you came, however, the view from the top will put your valley challenges into perspective. The hilltop moments allow you to carry the promises of shade and protection back down into the valley.
Take time this week to lift your eyes to the hills and remind yourself that your help comes from the Maker of those same hills. Remember, He watches over you!
Until next time…