“The Lord watches over you–the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”–Psalm 121:5-8 (NIV)
I recently had a conversation with a woman who got a degree from a well-known theological seminary, but became an atheist. I also have a friend who years ago was an atheist and caught herself praying, so she attended a theological seminary and became a pastor. Both women are wonderful, accomplished people, and I marvel at each of their stories. I am also curious to hear more of their stories to learn why each chose the path they did.
We all have a story. Regardless of where we find ourselves right now, we have a God who watches over us, each chapter of our life. The psalmist describes how the Lord watches over our coming and going, and over our life. This may comfort us or terrify us, or leave us apathetic. The Christian faith journey is not easy. There are days we reject God and days we can’t do without Him. Days we doubt and days we proclaim. But the same Lord watches over us.
For me personally, I am comforted by these words. The Lord notices me and protects me. My story is one where I was adopted and placed in a family. I have had a good life, I can’t complain. I have seen time and time again how God has watched over me, loved me, protected me, and lifted me up. I have been blessed more times than I can count. I know I am the person today because of the ways God has worked in my life. Though I have had tough chapters in my life, I can see God’s love weaving in and out of my story, and I know He has been with me!
My hope is that God is in your story too. Reflect on your life, notice how the Lord has watched over you and been with you, then share your story with others!
Prayer–“Gracious God, thank you for watching over me and being a part of my story. I don’t know how my story will unfold, but you do. Keep me mindful of your presence each and every chapter of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”