2016: Page 135

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

As page 134 came to a close, I gathered my chain saws and supplies in anticipation of doing some outside work during the church work day after the rain moved through overnight.  Page 135 was ushered in with a fierce storm as I could hear the wind howling and the sound of heavy rain and/or hail pounding the bedroom window overnight.  When I woke up, it seemed like the weather front had moved through so I got dressed and ready to load what I needed in the truck only to walk out of the house and into a steady rain.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not desperate enough to cut wood in the rain so I headed back inside.  Knowing there would likely be a group working on inside projects, I decided to go in later in the day to get the building cleaned and ready for Sunday after they were done.

Most of the day was spent doing nothing and eventually led to a nap on the couch before heading to work to get things done.  With temperatures heading into the 30’s overnight, my first order of business at work was to restart the boilers that I had shut down last week.  It didn’t feel bad inside when I arrived this evening, but without some heat going it would likely be a different story in the morning.  As I cleaned and thought about the day, I began to think that today’s page wouldn’t have much written on it.  Even as I took a break from the cleaning to try to write while my mind was still awake, I didn’t think I would have much to write.  Usually I write the day’s page and then realize I have a picture that I took that day that compliments what I had written.  Today was different.  As I thought about a day with some long elements of rest in it, the passage of scripture at the top of this page came to mind.  At a time when many seek help from every source imaginable, how refreshing it is to know that my help comes from the Lord — the maker of heaven and earth.  As I meditated on this and started through the photos on my computer, I came across a folder from a prayer journey to Salt Lake City in July of 2004 and the picture that ended up on this page seemed to ask to be shared.

Looking to God for help in our time of need is a lot easier to talk and write about when things are going well, or when we are comfortably surrounded by Christian friends and family.  It is when our life is in turmoil and we feel all alone that it can become very tempting to listen to the many voices calling for us to look elsewhere for help — or we listen to the voices saying there is no help.  Unfortunately, if we are not accustomed to knowing God as our help in the good times of life, we will often not feel comfortable looking to Him for help in our times of need.  I don’t know the troubles you face today, but why not look to God for help first?  And if you’re not experiencing troubles, why not look to God first for wisdom in how He can help others through you?  You have probably noticed that we are living in a world full of troubles.  And in this troubled world, many are seeking political solutions to spiritual problems.  Politics will never solve the sin problem that plagues this world, only Jesus has the power to do that.  While I do pray for godly leaders who would exalt God with their decisions, my help in times of trouble does not depend on that.  

I pray that you and I would fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, so that He is the One we would go to in times of need.  I pray that we would learn to show His love to all people, especially in their times of need.  I pray that we would seek wisdom in honoring our leaders and pray that God would raise up godly leaders that would turn their hearts toward Him.  As you look toward the mountains of refreshing or the mountains of trouble, I pray that you would know with confidence that your help comes from the Lord.  

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