“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” – Psalm 121:1 (NIV).
Except for those living in desert plains, it is common to see hills rising over any landscape. Hills can be a beautiful sight especially where there are covered with a rich a vegetation. In many cities, like Kampala, though hills have been invaded with settlements and are no longer lighted with the old vegetation, except for concrete structure.
If a hill is ahead of you, one can hardly see beyond. A hill by its nature obstructs a view. There are places where tunnels have been constructed to pass through hills, but mostly people decide to just go around a hill to get ahead. In brief, hills can be an obstacle in our journeys.
As believers we can also come up and face hills. A hill can feature in our very lives when we are faced with a challenge that we can’t see beyond. The challenge seems to be so huge that the hill in our mind actually becomes a mountain. Perhaps we might even be too terrified that instead of figuring a way around the hill, we drop down, exhausted with fear and worry.
When King David was faced with a hill, instead of only focusing on the hill, he looked beyond to something higher and more hopeful. The Almighty God who made the heaven and earth, and controls all situations. Instead of focusing on the hill of problems, he asked, “From whence my help comes?”
Once there was a situation when Moses sent out scouts to spy a new land. Of the 12 spies everyone saw hills; except two warriors who looked beyond hills, and believed there was a God greater than the giants they had seen (Numbers 13). Joshua and Caleb believed that that God would deliver them in spite of all they had seen.
Today, if you are seeing a hill ahead, may your faith rise and look beyond the hill, like Joshua and Caleb. Like David, believe, that our help will come from the Lord, a very present help in trouble.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a hill I look beyond it, because you are our present help, and will carry me through and beyond the hill, this I pray in Jesus’s name!