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. Psalm 121:1-2
This was the verse of the day yesterday from my Bible app, and I thought that it was pretty timely. In these days (in my hemisphere) the daylight is getting much shorter, the weather is growing colder, and the scenes outside my window are drearier. COVID-19 is rampaging across the country, indeed, the entire world, and the political landscape is, let us say, “not helpful”. So, if one is simply looking around, there may not be a lot of encouragement.
However, if one looks up, there is actually real encouragement. Our outlook depends on our “uplook”. We typically will find what we expect, attitude wise. If we expect to find misery, we will certainly be able to find it. However, if we want to find encouragement, that takes a bit more work sometimes. Looking for the uplifting things is not often our “default” mode, especially when we are inundated with bad news.So, we need to be intentional in looking for positive things.
The Psalm writer here relates his experience with finding the positive, encouraging things. He lifts up his eyes to the mountains. He knows that if he keeps his head straight on, he will see what he always sees- pain and misery. But, if he takes the time and energy to lift up his eyes, he can see again that his help comes from the maker of those mountains he is looking at.
I sometimes tell my clients that they need to spend more time looking through the windshield than at the rearview mirror. Yes, we must, for safety reasons periodically look through that rearview mirror. However, most of our time, we need to concentrate on the road ahead of us.
Similarly, we need to be looking up to the mountains when things are looking grim straight ahead. It encourages us, and reminds us that our help is from the Maker of heaven and earth.
Prayer: Yes, Lord, you are the place where our help comes from. Give us reminders as we look for them for encouragement, Amen.