“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
Have you ever been in a situation that felt hopeless because you were unable to help yourself? I know I have. When I was in kindergarten my family lived in Mount Pleasant, SC and during the summer I would frequently play outside.
We lived at the end of a cul-de-sac and only had a few neighbors so it was a safe and fun place to play. One morning, I was pretending to be a fireman and was playing near my mom’s red car when I opened the door and decided to crawl into the back seat to pretend I was riding in a fire truck. As I crawled in, I wasn’t strong enough to open the door all the way and somehow the door closed, trapping both of my hands in the door.
I was hopelessly stuck in the back of the car with all of the windows rolled up with no way of freeing myself. After crying in the back seat for what felt like an eternity, I gave up trying to free myself and realized my only hope was to wait for outside help. Finally, after not seeing me in the yard, my father started looking for me and found me in the car.
In this psalm, the writer realized the exact same thing I was confronted with in the car. In the end, we all need help from outside of ourselves. It’s comforting to know that when we feel hopeless and alone, the God “who made heaven and earth” sees us and sends us help.
In the end, God will send help according to His divine will, not ours. But, when we cry out for help, our prayers are heard in heaven by a loving a gracious God.