“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121 : 1-2
About a year ago, God gave me a picture of me trying to push a broken down car up a hill all by myself. There I was, pushing with all my might, back against the car, inching it along up the hill. Can you see it? The striving. The hard work. Doing it all on my own. Do you ever feel like this?
After I saw this image in my mind’s eye, it was if God said, “Hey there daughter, why don’t you just stop a minute. Can I offer you a hand? Better than that, will you allow me to fix what is wrong with the car? I’ll fix what is wrong on the inside, and then I’ll invite you to hop into that restored car and enjoy the drive up this mountain with Me.”
Well, yes, God! That sounds so much better. To tell you the truth, I’m struggling here. What a weight off my back that would be, and what a joy! But then, what do I do now? Are you actually going to come through on this? Do you really have what I need? This is taking longer than I thought…
Such thoughts encapsulate my pride and my fears when they rise up. It’s easy to find myself back on that hill, pushing and striving, wondering why the mountains aren’t moving.
Here is what I am learning. I must remember to focus my eyes on God and remember that He is faithful. I find that too often my eyes are focused on myself. I can start to believe that lie that my own strength is enough. I find myself remembering my past failures and disappointments instead of remembering God’s faithfulness. And in my moping, my eyes tend to focus on everyone else who seems to be joyfully driving up that mountain ahead of me without a care in the world and then posting it on Instagram, #leavingmeinthedust.
The Psalmist asks, “Where does my help come from?” My own strength? My past? The approval of others? Instagram? No.
“My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.”
So how do I lift my eyes? I have to actually stop. Rest. Surrender. Wait. I must let go of my pride and admit my need, and then wait on His timing. When I stop to rest, I start to remember God’s faithfulness in my life. I start to open my heart up to His love and enjoy the God who created me and trust that He has a better way. As I repent, He will get to work on fixing what is broken on the inside, and then He will equip me to do the things He has planned for me. His plans are more than I could ever ask or imagine. I know that He will take me into more life and more adventure than I could ever anticipate.
In the past year, I’ve seen God do this in my life. He’s been moving mountains in my heart in areas of fear, unbelief, and self-reliance. Last year He asked me to step out in faith and go through instructor training. Now in my daily life, He asks me to get out of my comfort zone and lead fitness classes at my church, to boldly lead Wellness Revelation classes in our community, and to bring more kindness, vulnerability, and surrender to my marriage, parenting, and friendships. All the while, He is doing the work in me. He’s building my faith, healing my brokenness, and reminding me who I am because of who He is. These are not always comfortable places for me or even places I ever expected to be! God’s ways are not my ways. They are so much better.
You may feel like you aren’t going anywhere. You may feel like that mountain is never going away. You may feel like God doesn’t see you. You may feel tired and defeated and worn out. But this is what I know. Our God is faithful. He will do it. He will finish the work He started in you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He will cover you with His wings. He will be strong when you are weak. He will make a way. That mountain will move because our God is faithful. In the meantime, you get to fix your eyes on Jesus and enjoy being with the God of the universe.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” -Psalm 91:4
In the comments below share with us, what seems to be the mountain in front of you today? Where in your life are you striving to push that car up the hill? I challenge you to stop striving, rest in His love and faithfulness, and lift up your eyes.
Erin Scheu lives in Denver, CO with her husband and three kids. She loves quiet mornings, running, hiking, coffee, and now finds herself as a fitness teacher gospel preacher in her community. She also has a blog about the new adventures Jesus is taking her on. You can follow her on her personal blog at erinscheu.wordpress.com or on Instagram, @escheu22.
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