BIBLE TEXT: Psalm 121: “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. 

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.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  By show of hands, who had a busy (perhaps even crazy) week last week? (I just raised my hand)

Too often, we feel like we are trapped in cycles of busyness and stress. Relief is hard to find. Calendars fill with meetings. To-do lists stack up. Commutes stretch out as traffic clots interstate off-ramps. In short, it is tough to find perspective when we are faced with what life throws our way.

The Psalmist writes that he lifts his eyes up “to the hills.” He is faced by obstacles of mountainous proportions. Yet where does his help come from? The Lord, who created all things.

What mountains do you face today? How many sleepless nights have you encountered? God, in his love, is there. In busy daylight and quiet moonlight, He protects and guides us.

I recently found myself in what felt like the 500th traffic jam of the day, trying to race to an afternoon meeting. Frustration mounted as my A/C worked overtime and the car behind me edged closer to my bumper… Traffic piled up around me like the Psalmist’s hills. As I prayed (admittedly, perhaps for a stray lightning bolt to vaporize traffic lights), I felt the tension ease just a little. Because God is in the traffic.

Sometimes we just have to look around to catch a fresh glimpse.

PRAYER:  Lord, I thank you for guiding our hearts and minds, giving us peace in all we do. Teach us to rely on You in everything.   Amen.


Zach Warrick is a Nashville native and a consummate coffee-drinker. He enjoys twitter (@z_tweet), doesn’t quite understand Instagram, and loves his wife very much.

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