First United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
When I was elementary school age, I had to memorize Psalm 121 for Mrs. Lamb, my Sunday school teacher. 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 performing these motions as a child, sliding my foot and pretending to fall, I always pictured myself slipping down a wet and muddy hill, with God stabilizing my feet and protecting me from the fall.
I believe God is our Creator, and that God wants to protect us and keep us safe, because God cares about us. Our Creator will not push us down the slippery slope like some “king of the mountain,” but watches over us always, breaking our falls and steadying our feet. The Lord is our keeper, and when our eyes are lifted up to God, we can seek and receive help.
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 in order to experience the amazing that love that God has for us.
May this Lenten season be one of reflection and introspection, and may this be a time during which we remember that God is always with us and for us, most evidently in the life and sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Peace and love,
Pastor Jeff Hunt