By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)
Scripture Readings: Psalms 120-121
Key Scripture Verses: Psalm 121: 3-4, 8 (NIV, Life Application Bible)
“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 will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
There have been times when I have felt all alone in the world, especially at a time when I was single and my parents were deceased. There have been times when I wondered if anyone noticed what I did or whether my contributions even mattered. I have wondered if anyone ever prayed for me. These are negative thoughts and thoughts that I know are unfounded, but I have felt them, even if they are not fully rational. But these scriptures are a comfort to me.
When I was a child, I never doubted that my parents would protect me, if they could. Of course, like any child, my fears were of the unknown and that my parents wouldn’t know if someone was hiding in my closet when I woke up in the dark. The open closet with white shirts and clothes that stood out in the dark suddenly didn’t look like clothes anymore hanging there—I looked to see if they moved, if they were ghosts in my closet. And I had nightmares of someone chasing me and not being able to scream and get anyone’s attention. I was afraid to look under the bed.
Today my fears are different and I am the adult who watches over myself. Luckily, I have a husband who also looks out for me and vice versa and I feel secure in that. I know the world is still a scary place at times, but I know that God is looking over us. And I know that God is in control.
Some believe that God is distant from us and doesn’t care about our day-to-day lives, but these verses tell me that not only does God pay attention, he never stops paying attention. He never sleeps on the job. He watches my coming and going.
I ask God regularly to watch my coming and going as I drive in my car, as I move about in the world, knowing that there are real dangers out there.
And I know that I will not live a perfectly healthy existence in my flesh-and-bone body—eventually, I will die. But, even in death, Jesus, my Lord and Savior, is in control and will see me safely home. Because he suffered, I cannot be sure that I will never suffer, but I know that he will help me bear whatever I need to bear. He will help me through whatever it is I must face, if I will only trust him.
He never slumbers, he is constantly on watch, he watches my coming and going. He cares about my safety. He cares about my everyday activities. He pays attention and takes note of all that I do. He does the same for you.
May we all trust in the comfort of his love and knowing that he watches over us.