So, I had someone ask me today “where do you draw your strength and devotion from?” The immediate thought that came to my mind was a line from “Praise You In The Storm” by Casting Crowns –
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth
My help comes from the Lord. What a simple answer. And while 100% true it didn’t feel like the complete answer to the question. Because yes, my strength comes from the Lord, but how does it get to me? How do I access it? I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the how before.
I’ve rolled that question around in my head for hours now. And honestly, I’ll probably keep on rolling it around for a while. But for tonight, I just have step one, and it’s one of my favorite words… choose. My strength comes from some very specific choices.
– Trusting that God’s word is true
– Trusting Jesus as my savior
– Trusting that God is good
– Trusting God’s plan, even when I don’t understand.
I choose to trust. Not based on feelings, but based on 33 years of interacting with the Lord on a personal level. Watching Him answer prayers and direct my path. He has never failed me. And just like any relationship, my trust grows with every day, because He care for me better than anyone else.
Please don’t misunderstand, that doesn’t mean everything has always been rosy. I’ve had spells where I got aggravated because God didn’t do what I thought He should. But Kayleigh’s illness really showed me how God answers my prayers perfectly. Looking back I can see where more than once He answered “no,” and it turned into a beautiful blessing.
So yes, my strength does come from the Lord. It comes from my daily walk with Him. And just how amazing is that? We can have a deep, personal relationship with the God of the Universe. That is mind boggling.
1 I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Isn’t His handiwork amazing?