Lenten Devotional for Monday, February 27, 2012

I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

When I play a board game I don’t mind losing.  I especially do not mind losing when I did something to mess it up. I do tend to get upset though when I have bad luck!  I start off a little aggravated, but as the bad luck increases so does my temper.  Then when I lose I get downright grumpy.

Sometimes in my life it feels like the bad luck from my board game goes into everything else.  Nothing seems to go right.  It could be money issues, sick kids, disagreements with coworkers, it’s just that nothing seems to work out!  At this point grumpy is not even a strong enough word!

These are the times that we can cry, we can yell, we can pray, or we can do any combination of the three.  But it is in these times that this amazing Psalm comes into my mind.  At times we cannot tell where our help will come from or if there is even help period. But as sure as there are mountains to look upon, there is also the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth who will hear our cries, our yells, and our prayers and we will receive help.

When we feel helpless, Lord, you are our help.  When we feel the world is out to get us, Lord, you are our help.  When it is us who is to blame, Lord, you are our help. Help us to look for your help; help us to look for you.

Bob Hill, Presbyterian Campus Minister at UTC

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