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; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 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 life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
A stakeholder passed by, I spoke, causing her to stop for a moment. “How are you?” I asked, noticing the weariness in her face. “I’m fine,” she responded as she continued on her way. “Are you really?” I asked.
She paused. Her tired shoulders lowered just a bit more as she leaned against the wall. She looked at me with a weary smile. “I’ll be okay.” “Will you?” I asked. “Is there anything I can do?” “No. I don’t think so,” she said. I gave her a hug and said, “I’m here if you need me,” and turned to go.
As we parted in different directions, she said, over her shoulder and with a smile, “Thank you. I really needed that.”
I’m amazed how quickly a change in direction, a change of view, can bring in seconds the help or healing we need to make it just a little farther. This interaction with one of our precious stakeholders reminded me of how important it is to look to God, because that change of perspective can give us all the help we need to keep on keeping on.
The answer is found in the Lord (“my help”), …
But the choice to look to Him is up to us.
“Father, remind us today that as we catch glimpses of your creation throughout our day, we can also find incredible help by looking to you. Bless us with Your peace and the power of Your Presence, so that our lives will be filled and overflow into thanksgiving. Amen.”
Chaplain Basha Zackavich
SHC of Palm Bay