The Lord, my keeper
It is Winter 2020 and what a year it has been. Talk to anyone anywhere and find the comments readily available to break down how their year has gone. When I tell you, this year has rocked me to my core, I mean ROCKED. The job I was so used to going to every weekday ceased to need me. The daughter I grew accustomed to parenting and planning out each school year with, graduated high school and has ventured out on her own. The little boy who ran around with play guns and mini basketballs finished drivers ed and got his driver’s permit. Not to mention…the global pandemic no one saw coming. And the discussions of systemic racism with my family, and the never knowing what to expect the next day waking up. Who would have ever predicted all of this happening all at once? The discussions I never knew I would have. The arguments I never knew would ever happen. And can we talk about how fun interviewing again in your 40’s is?
Stretched much? Yeah, I would say. Two HUGE things stand out to me.
One: It’s not just me
I ‘m not here giving you a sole surviving testimony of what I alone faced. No, it’s not just me, it’s you, it’s him, her, your neighbor, it’s the person we will never know that lives oceans away. It’s the celebrity, it’s the homeless. The rich, poor, and in-between. It is every person on the globe that’s going through like never before. All at once.
And the 2nd thing: God has remained faithful
He never ceases to amaze me. He never stops providing for us. We have yet to go hungry. Our lights are still on. The embarrassment of being laid off didn’t kill me. The heartache of an early empty nest didn’t keep me crushed. God never stopped comforting me. He never left his watch to go relieve some type of stress He needed to rid Himself of. He didn’t need to take a break to give Himself some self-care. No, He stayed. He makes sure we have everything we needed for our sustenance. Oh God, you are so steady. You are so mighty. You are greater than any sickness, financial crisis, family crisis, circumstance, you are higher than it all. Thank you for never letting me go!
I just want to give God His due glory, and also share a passage I love. I’ve probably shared in past but has come to even greater meaning to me. I encourage you to read it, meditate on it, and allow God to empower you with His word.
Psalm 121Amplified Bible
The Lord the Keeper of Israel. A Song of [a]Ascents.
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]-From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly].
5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in [everything that you do] From this time forth and forever.