Wednesday, April 1
Jody B. Danneman
I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. - Psalm 121:1-4 (NRSV)
Psalm 121 has always resonated with me; and even though I heard it many times as a child in church and Bible studies, it wasn't until I heard it during my sophomore year at college that it really touched me.
Hollywood tends to focus on the social aspects of being a college student. Yet, we all know that there can be extreme stress with doing well academically, fitting in with your peers, and living for the first time on your own away from home. In many ways, college can be a time of loneliness, even though people surround you.
This scripture comforted me by saying that I wasn't alone - that the God of the universe was with me always. This God, who created the Earth and everything on it, was always going to be there for me. He would be there all the time and anytime. He never took a break or time off. God loved and was always there for me.
It was this realization that gave me a new sense of purpose, a feeling of tranquility, and a grounded confidence because my God was with me always.
The funny thing about these lessons you learn at a young age is that they can tend to fade, as you get older. Yet, I have found that in today's world when all the distractions tug at you and drag you down... all you have to do is lift up your eyes to the hills and find God there for you.