I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made the heaven and the earth.
We have now been in Costa Rica for a month. Many have asked, "So what is different there"? If I am completely honest...at this time, almost everything. The smells, the language, the food, our transportation, the kids reactions/emotions, our schedules - our lives. The transition has been tough; we miss our friends, our family, and our "normal." And just about the time I want to scream "I can't take it anymore!", the Lord gently reminds me, "Lift your eyes up..."
This verse has come to have greater meaning to me in the last month. As we walk the streets or even look out our bedroom balcony (pictured above) we are bombarded with razor wire and gates and bars and frustrations. But if we just look up, we are bombarded with God's beautiful creation, His gentle reminder that he is here and that He is where our help comes from.
At that moment, we are not overwhelmed with the different, but instead are overwhelmed and overjoyed with peace and encouragement of what the Lord has called us to do. We are so thankful to be here. The enemy tries (and will continue to try) to defeat us through the different, but we will fight and we will not be shaken! The end of Psalm 121 reads:
The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
We don't know what the "razor wire and bars" in your life might be right now, but we know that we serve a God who cares for us! We encourage you to look UP. He is there.