Psalm 121:1-2, “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.”
The sun was just rising, its golden rays kissing the tops of the surrounding mountains. I sat on a big red bench swing cautiously swinging back and forth. In front of me was a well-manicured green grassy knoll. A crisp, gentle breeze whistled past leaves of the trees along the stream behind me. Birds were chirping melodiously in the background. Three bunnies hopped playfully near the edge of the stream. I sat there reflecting on my life, pondering the direction of my ministry during the COVID-19 times.
I wondered how our congregation, friends and guests are receiving the online worship services. I wondered what church will look like when we finally re-open our doors.
I wondered about the health of our church members. Are their families safe? Have some of them lost their jobs? How are they surviving? I wondered. Is my family safe? Am I safe?
Directly in front of me, behind the buildings was a mountain. The rock strata made the mountain look like huge rocks are rising triumphantly out of the dust. Majestically pointing to the skies. At the top of the mountain was a big white, cross. Two eagles were flying, rather, gliding gracefully around the cross. I was overcome by a huge sense of God’s divine presence. I felt like God was whispering His assurance of His presence. He wanted me to know He is with me. He is with my congregation members and their families. I do not need to worry. Though these are uncertain times. Though our world is turmoil. Though the future seems in disarray. God says, “Trust me.” God says, “Rely on me; I will guide you through the tumultuous times.” Look up to the mountains, God is there to help. Lift up your eyes, God is there to lead and guide you. Raise your head and see the King on the throne. Do not fear. Do not be troubled. It’s going to be OK.
My prayer: I look up to the mountains. God you know my concerns. God you know my fears. God you know my desires. You have heard my cries. I look to you for help. You are my God. You are my fortress, the rock of my salvation. Be exalted. Be worshiped. Hallelujah!