Mountains and valleys
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?” (Psalm 121:1, NIV)
Maybe you live in a mountainous area, or you have visited such an area. High mountains have impressive beauty. When you reach the top, you can enjoy a great view. But if you are at the foot of a mountain and you still have to climb it, you can easily get discouraged! Then such a massive hill seems insurmountable and threatening.
Psalm 121 uses this image, taken from a pilgrim’s journey to Jerusalem, for our life’s journey. Sometimes we are in a deep valley, surrounded by mountains. We feel as though there is no way to go. We will have to overcome the obstructions in our path, but they seem too big and too high. We can feel helpless and exhausted.
Some people think that such a situation cannot occur in a Christian’s life because God blesses His children in everything. Then when they find themselves in such a valley, they are overcome with doubt and confusion. Therefore, it is important to know that Christians also encounter “mountains” and “valleys.” As long as we are on this earth, we live in a broken world. Therefore, we need to learn how to deal with “mountains” in our lives. And that is what Psalm 121 teaches us. Will you continue to read this devotional in the next few days?