March 16: When I slip down the hill
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In elementary school, I memorized Psalm 121 in our girls club at church. I still remember the motions that we made to this passage, especially verses 3-4, which say that God will not let your foot be moved, and that God neither slumbers nor sleeps. While doing these motions as a child, sliding my foot and pretending to fall, I always pictured myself slipping down a muddy hill, but God protecting me from the fall. God is my Creator, my Maker, and he wants to protect me and keep me safe, because he cares about me. My Creator will not strike me down, but watches over me always. The Lord is my Keeper, and when I lift my eyes up to him, I can seek and receive help.
In hard times, when I slip down the muddy hill and need to look up “to the hills” for help, I can easily see my own human vulnerability and humility. But in reality, I need God’s help all of the time – especially in the good times of life, and when I’m feeling like I can do everything on my own. God has declared himself as my Protector, and he will always help me, because he loves me.
The Lord is our Keeper, our Guardian, and these verses serve not only as a comfort and assurance, but as a challenge for us to make ourselves vulnerable to him in order to experience the crazy wonderful love that he has for us.