Daily Dose, July 5 — True Independence

  “I raise my eyes towards the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Sometimes we need help. Sometimes we don’t have all the answers. Sometimes we don’t even really understand what the questions are. Sometimes we are, quite frankly, at a loss -- a loss for words, a loss for insights, a loss for answers. When we find ourselves there in our personal lives or even in our life as a country, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it is often when we are at a loss that we set aside our independent nature and lean into our dependence on the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. When we come to end of ourselves, we begin to look beyond ourselves for answers, solutions and direction. And we look to the One who promised to always and forever be with us, leading us and guiding us all along life’s way. We forget to look up, sometimes, when we have all the answers -- or at least think we do. We forget when we feel in control. We forget, sometimes, from where our true help comes. It really does, sometimes, require us to get to the end of our proverbial rope, to cause us to lift our eyes and look towards the mountains and cry out to Jesus. Cry out to the One who knows our needs before we ever speak of them. Today, as you pray and bring to Him whatever you are at a loss over, would you also pray for our country? Take a moment as you look up and ask yourself, what does our country need? And then bring that request to the Lord -- knowing that it is from Him that our help comes. -- Rev. Terri Henkel