I lift my eyes to the hills

If I am being honest, I am tired. Today’s news has been a blow and leaves many of us with heavy hearts.

In Georgia, we just learned that our children will not be returning to school this year. We will finish out the school continuing with our distance learning. The state is now under a shelter in place order.

I am heartbroken. It seems trivial to others but this means for us the loss of a preschool graduation that I oftentimes wondered if we would ever get to see for our child that has struggled tremendously. It means he continues without the services that he was provided through the school system. This has been especially tough for a child so dependent on a normal routine.

My oldest finishes her 2nd-grade year without the hugs from friends and hugs from teachers. She will not get to experience all the fun end of year activities. She misses her friends terribly and for an extrovert she has really struggled feeling alone and isolated.

Our youngest misses her preschool. She loves school. Last year her year was cut short and now this year it is too. She is struggling because I am so focused on getting the older kids through their distance learning everyday and she feels left out.

I am worried about our small business. How will we continue? This is a catalyst for so many other worries and stresses.

In all of this, I have no choice but to surrender these worries over to the one who sees and provides.

Psalms 121 says “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil, he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

God never sleeps. He is our keeper. He protects us. He is our help.

We are living in an uncertain time. We do not know what tomorrow brings. We can live in fear and distress or we can proclaim the promises of God and stand on those. God knew this was coming. He knows what you need. He sees you. He knows you. Rely on him. Lay your worries at his feet. He never meant for you to carry them.

Tomorrow I will get up and we will continue on. I will press into this time and learn from it. I will make the best out of what God has given me and entrusted to me. I will not let the worry and stress rob my joy and faith in who God is. He has carried me this far, he will continue to do so.

Stay well friends.

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