Do you remember your first “adult” movie? You know…that movie your parents watched and then they allowed you to watch it too. Mine was The Sound of Music. I felt bigger than life as my six year old self sat on our slate blue and dusty mauve 90’s couch and watching Maria sing her heart out. I loved all of the children, wanted to be a nun and had a secret crush on Rolfe.
Other than the Lonely Goatherd puppet show, my favorite part of the movie was the Reverend Mother singing Climb Every Mountain. There was just something about the underlying mountain theme in the movie that caught my attention.
Where Does Your Help Come From?
Being from Alabama, I am surrounded by mountains. They are a part of our landscape. They boast beauty, strength, majesty and intimidation. What an artist our Lord is! Our mountains have always been a source of empowerment to me….like they hold an answer.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 121:1- I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Do you need help today, sister? What has you preoccupied? What is keeping you up at night? What is stealing your joy, your peace or even your appetite? That thing needs to be addressed and conquered in the name of Jesus today! God is drawing you to the hills, to higher ground, to a place of peace and restoration. Have you surrendered your heart to Him? If so, then you are His Bride and He will see to your needs.
Catch Your Breath, Sister!
Have you ever been absolutely worn out from trying to do something? You just have nothing left to give and then someone comes along to help you. You are grateful, but you just do not have the energy or the wherewithal to accept their offer to partner with you to make things happen.
God knew that you would have times like that in your life too. His response to that is simple:
Matthew 11:28- Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
For me, the first step in receiving His help is to rest. Do you find that to be true in your life too? We need to rest in our Bridegroom’s love and protection. Allow Him to renew us and prepare us for the next step. A time of rest can include reading the Bible, Jesus’ love letter to His Bride, prayer, worship, joining a small group for a Bible study or just getting reacquainted with your Savior. Let yourself be reminded of who He is. Remember back to all of the times He has been faithful in your life over the years. I believe that resting in the truth of our Bridegroom allows us to cast off our defeat, hopelessness, fear and pain and gain a new outlook.
The period of rest will be a different length for everyone. However, once you have been fully recharged by Jesus, He will let you know and move you on to the next thing. I believe that next thing is strength.
Phillipians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
This verse used to be my go to verse when I was tired, sick or weary. I would pray this promise out loud and stand on the truth that my strength came from my Groom. I believed He would provide me with that strength.
However, just recently, God has shown me that while He does definitely strengthen us to do all things, that rest we talked about before is necessary first. Strength grows best in rested and prepared soil. Draw strength today from the Word of God. Pray the promises of the Bible. They are there for you!
Now that we have had our rest and received our strength, what is our next step? We return to Psalm 121:1 and claim our help.
What do you need help with in your life? You could probably roll twenty things off your tongue without stopping for a breath and so could I. We have so many issues that we would like to see resolved. We have family member who are making us miserable. Children who are far from the Lord. A job that is hanging in the balance of being dissolved. Health issues that are threatening our lives. There are so many things that we would love to see our Bridegroom heroically parade in and correct. Why has He not done that?
Isaiah 55:8-9- For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
We simply have to accept that God’s ways are not our ways and that He does not always do what makes sense to us. Yes, we may have problems, but those problems are what keeps us coming to Him. If we lived in a perfect world, would there be any need for faith?
Please do not misunderstand, your Bridegroom, Jesus Christ wants to help you with every little issue in your life and in His time, I believe He will. However, I think the number one priority that Jesus has in mind for us is something bigger than our daily problems. Jesus encourages us to give up our burdens, rest in Him, draw from His strength and go do all things. He wants His Bride to rise up to the last instruction He gave while on earth.
Matthew 28:16-20 are the verses of the Great Commission. Jesus instruct His followers to spread the Gospel. This is our greatest responsibility as a Bride of Christ. We have been charged with telling others about our Lord. This is why He is so giving of attributes like rest, strength and help. He knows that we will need these things in order to lead others to Him.
This old world is going crazy all around us. We are surrounded by anger, intolerance and danger at every turn. Can humanity survive much longer under such circumstances? Only God knows.
However, we have been given today, so use it. Jesus is calling His Bride to rise up! There are people in your life who need to hear about Him and it is your responsibility to tell them. You have the best news ever! Do not keep it to yourself.
Sister, lift your eyes up to the hills today and allow the spirit of God to anoint you with His rest and strength. Your Groom has equipped you to soar with the eagles. You can run the race and not grow weary. We may not have much time left here and we do not want to leave anyone behind.
Rise up you lover of Christ! Raise your eyes to the hills and accept your help today…then go use it for His glory!