Lifting eyes as an eagle
It’s so hard to know what to say to Don as he experiences such pain and discouragement, hoping my words will bring strength.
It’s so hard wanting to do something to bring relief and comfort.
And words and actions fall so far short……..
So I look to the truth that transcends – for strength, for comfort
I look to Psalm 121
1-2 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He alone is your strength. He doesn’t just give it – He is it, shown especially in your weakness. He is bigger than this. He is.
3-4 He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep.
He is with you. In the day. In the night watches. With you – physically, emotionally, spiritually. With you. For you. In ways only He can be. He has not/will not abandon/misunderstand/have no comfort or remedy for. He is with you. He is.
5-6 God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.
Not sure what moonstroke is, but He is your shield, your guardian, your protector from the attacks of the enemy. He is at your right side. He is right at your side. He is.
7-8God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.
I was wondering why the word shamar is repeated 6 times in these 8 verses. It means to guard, keep, preserve, protect, hedge about with thorns. Used in the care of Adam tending the Garden, in God’s people diligently keeping God’s promises/commands. Used in how He guards and treasures you, Don. He is your “Keeper”. He is.
I don’t know the when (this will be over), the how, the why. But I do know the Who. He is.
And I am with you through it all as well. Twists and turns. Hedges and thorns. Cloudy or fair. Lifting eyes to our Helper, our Keeper.