by Hector Meza
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
I read somewhere that about 90% of the things we worry about never actually occur. That means that most of us spend (or waste) our time worrying about things that never come to pass. I found this to be the case in my life last week as Lydia and I prepared to make our big move. And of all the things that I worried about like, “Will the cat be ok?” or “Will we be able to effectively reach the students in Brick?” or “Will we find a good pizza place?” the one that stressed me out the most was, “Will we be able to fit all of our things in the moving truck?”
As the boxes started to pile up in our apartment and I looked at the weird and large shapes of our furniture, I started to believe that there was no way we would be able to complete our move in one trip. This sent me on a downward spiral of despair. I thought, “Now we’ll have to make two or more trips, which means more money spent, less time to get acclimated, less rest and higher stress.” I found that as I saw the pile of boxes grow, my faith shrunk. Oh, you of little faith! Perhaps a similar moment of wavering is what led the writer of Psalm 121 to write the first two verses. Maybe it was a realization that he needed to adjust his focus onto the real source of his help and not on his troubles. The song is categorized as a “Song of Accents” and it is thought that these songs were sung in a way as to lift one’s focus upward towards God. For those in Biblical times, a mountain was a sign of strength, refuge and shelter; a dwelling place for a mighty king. Yet the writer stated that his help wouldn’t come from some humanly source, that is from some earthly king on some mountain, but from the very Maker of the heavens and earth.
In reading this Psalm I came to realize that our sight or perception can greatly affect our hope. In the midst of my anxiety, my eyes should have been placed on Christ. The One who overcame sin, death and the grave. The One who is seated at the right hand of the Father. The One who knows all the days of my life. The One who does not slumber or sleep. The One who will watch over our coming and going. That last part really sunk in. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we should never worry about anything. Jesus said in this world we would have trouble. Yet, He also said that He has overcome the world. And we as His co-heirs know that these temporary struggles are just that. What I am recommending is that we train ourselves to fix our eyes on the One who is truly in control when our life seems out of control.
And as far as the things that I was worried about? The cat is great, we’ve enjoyed great pizza, the boxes all fit in one trip, and we believe God is going to move in the lives of young people in Brick. I want to encourage you, if you’re in a situation that when you look around you get overwhelmed by all the trials, you can lift up your eyes and know that God will never leave you or forsake you.
Hector Meza - Youth Director