Keep your chin up…

Do you remember the Bette Midler song “From a Distance”? 

It was a big hit…back in the day…it had a catchy tune…and most likely to some the lyrics were catchy as well…some probably even thought they were accurate.

Bette Midler sang that God was watching us…from a distance.

If we focus on what is happening in our world this very day…I am sure many feel that God must we watching all this pain…from a great distance.  It is tempting to feel like God is not involved in our lives when we find ourselves in a valley or taking up residence in the wilderness.

But I am here to say…God is most definitely watching…but it is not from distance.

I want to tell you to keep your chin up…and not in a “buck up little camper” kind of way…

Keep your  chin up because when you do…it changes your line of  vision…placing your eyes where they need to reside.

This morning, I read such a familiar psalm:

  “I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?

  My help comes from the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.

  He will not let your foot slip—
       he who watches over you will not slumber;

  indeed, he who watches over Israel
       will neither slumber nor sleep.

  The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

  the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.

  The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;

  the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.”

   Psalm 121

These thoughts were scattered over the pages of my journal this morning:

  • Lifting my eyes removes me from my world, my problems…
  • My help will never come from looking around me…within me…below me…
  • My help comes from the One who has made EVERYTHING…that’s some help…
  • My help comes from the One who made the very earth that I am standing or on somedays, lying on…as well as my future home…the hope of heaven…
  • God never sleeps…
  • This psalm is only 8 verses long and yet it tells of God watching us 5 times…
  • God provides a shade when my life gets hot…
  • He won’t let anything harm me by day or by night…
  • God is watching over my life…
  • He is watching both my coming and my goings…today and forevermore.
  • Just how much is God watching me…all the time…how is that possible…I have no idea…it’s too big to comprehend or explain…but My God is Big…and defines understanding…
  • Today, I will call Psalm 121,  my adversary buster…whenever I am prone to think I have been forgotten…I will remember…I will recall…I will reflect…I will get down on my knees…
  • Whatever I need for each moment, each day, each season proceeds from the very hand of God…He is near…He is present…He is God…that means that not just His protection but the fullness of God rests upon me…if I need Him to be my Healer…He is a Healer that watches over me…I consider it done…if I need a Friend today…I can look up and find the Friend that sticks closer than a brother…if I need hope…the God of all Hope is lingering over me…

If you have read a few posts that talk about Caleb, you probably know by now that he doesn’t lack much self confidence.

This morning he showed me something that he had made…I admired his handiwork…to which he replied:

“I am really great at that!”

In walking with, trusting and believing in God we can have that bold confidence…

We can say without flinching…

“God…He’s really great at______________________________”

Just fill in the blank and it will be true!

Keeping my chin up…won’t you enjoy the view with me?!

 

Helen

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5 thoughts on “Keep your chin up…

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Helen,

    I love the part about “not looking around me, within me, below me” for help. Thank you for reminding me where I need to focus my gaze.

    Love,

    Jennifer

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