Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 17:1-18:32 / Hebrews 9:16-28 / Psalm 121:1-8
As a young boy in kindergarten, I walked to school. I always thought it was a long, long walk but in reality it was less than half a mile. I walked past our church, over a set of railroad tracks, past McDonalds and crossed three streets. My mother would walk me to school but after a few months of me telling her I could walk by myself, she finally let me walk alone. I thought I was a “big boy”, walking all by myself but then one day I looked behind me and I saw her…hiding behind some bushes. Mom was following and watching over me.
I didn’t appreciate my Mom following me to school then like I do now. She was concerned for me and watched out for my safety and protection. I recall many times when my parents watched over me – on a playground, at the park, in the neighborhood or at the store. They were there ready to step in and rescue, help, intervene or comfort.
We never come to a point in life where we don’t need someone watching over us. Yes, there are times in life when it is left up to us and we walk alone. But even during those times, we don’t walk alone…there is someone watching over us. David describes God as our Helper, “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.” (Psalm 121:3,4)
When our foot starts to slip in times of trouble, the Lord steadies us with His ever- faithful hands. The paths of life may be difficult, but God will not let us fall. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23,24)
God takes great care to watch over us – to keep, preserve, protect and guard us. He is never caught off guard and well equipped to intervene at any time and under any circumstances. Pagans permitted their gods to sleep, but the God of Israel is not like any god--he does not need to sleep and so is always there to help. He is our Great Shepherd who watches over us by night.
A 4 year-old girl was afraid of the dark. When her mother turned off the lights, the little girl noticed the moon shining through the window. “Mommy is that God’s light up there?” The mother replied, “Yes it is.” Then another question, “Will He put it out and go to sleep too?” “Oh no, He never goes to sleep.” After a silent moment the little girl said, As long as God is awake, I’m not scared.”
We don’t need to fear because God doesn’t take a nap but diligently keeps watch over us. May the moon remind us that He never sleeps, may the sun remind us He is always present, may your shadow remind you He is near…He doesn’t hide in the bushes.