LET'S LIFT UP OUR EYES!
Let's Lift up our Eyes! Psalm 121
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.
Four funerals during this year's 'Christmas season' has made me think even more of eternity. The above Psalm has always been a comfort to those who are grieving. One cannot 'hurry' the grieving process. Having watched it take place among Hospice patients and their caregivers as a nurse gave added dimension. Also as a Pastor visiting the ill, elderly and then the family of those who have passed is much appreciated. Grief can begin as soon as a loved one is given a terminal diagnosis.
Jesus asked in Matthew 6:27 "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" So of course that includes a loved one's life, doesn't it? As a caregiver, one may be concerned that you could do something wrong to end your loved one's life sooner than it was supposed to be ended. I struggled with that when caring for my former husband with cancer. Let me give you comfort regarding that. We do not have that kind of power.
Job. 14:5. Man's days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
Psalm 139:16b All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Of course, we must remember the words of Christ during His temptation: The devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God", he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is also written: "Do not put the Lord your God to the test".
The Lord knows when our days are up and how it will happen. This past year someone has put artificial flowers on my side of the gravestone in the cemetery twice. There are probably more by now. Does that mean someone wants me dead? Maybe. But my length of life is up to God. This blog gives a bio which states I am not a scholar.
Another verse in the Bible includes Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Then of course there are the issues of man's free will and God's sovereignty. In the end I will quote what Pastor Frank James said in a meeting a long time ago, "We can trust God to do the right thing".
As a new year begins soon, let's lift up our eyes frequently. Will you do that with me? Our eyes tire of looking around at earth's events. Rest your eyes by looking up to heaven.