Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills.  From whence shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth……

My favorite hiking desti­nations are those with a large vista from which I can admire God’s creation.  Regardless of where it is, though, my mind always briefly returns to my favorite outlook, the front of my childhood home, sitting by the old pump, looking downhill across the pasture at the woods on the far hills and bluff.  I contemplate all the things I don’t readily see beneath the trees:  flowers, fungi, berries, birds, deer, coyotes, insects, and more.  Each of these is in turn a complex marvel.  Looking up in the daytime are the sun, sky, and clouds while night displays a canopy of stars from the Milky Way.

The Psalmist continues and assures us of God’s compre­hensive 24–7 protection.  Our comings and goings will be watched.  Being surrounded by the intricacy and beauty of God’s creation is a reminder that there is nowhere I can go without his/her presence.  Therefore, we can face life’s challenges with the confidence that we have the ultimate companion, guide, and protector.

Ruth McAndrews

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