Based on Psalm 121
This weekâ€™s Mid-Week Meditation is actually a â€œfirst-of-the-week meditation,â€ since Iâ€™ll be in Washington, DC this Tuesday through Thursday.
Iâ€™ll be flying there and back, and beyond the reality of being in a pressurized tube hurtling through the air at a few hundred miles an hour a couple of miles above the earth, I like flying – especially on a cloudy day. I like taking off in dreary weather, ascending through the clouds, and reaching an altitude where the plane is above the clouds and the sun is shining brightly in crystal clear air.
That aerial experience always reminds me of why itâ€™s so good to love the Lord. Thereâ€™s an old expression where I grew up…â€œIf you havenâ€™t had trouble in your way, just keep on living.â€ All of us run into clouds of disappointment, stress, confusion and uncertainty sooner or later. Storm clouds in our lives are a part of the human condition, but thatâ€™s not what matters. What matters is that the God we serve can lift us above lifeâ€™s cloudy, stormy times so that we can, as a hymn by C.A. Tindley says,â€ live in the sunshineâ€ and see our blessings clearly.
Whether your life gets cloudy this week or not, look to the Lord. Let Christ be the light of your life when your way is clear and when your way is cloudy and confusing, for Jesus can lift you up. Youâ€™ll then have a better view of life and see comfort, encouragement, hope and joy, regardless of the situation, and clearly understand why King David of Israel said when he reflected on how he made it through his cloudiest and most stormy times, â€œI will 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.â€
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