I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
~Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)
When faced with a problem, everyone deals with it a little differently. Some people plan. Some people pray. Some people do.
I’m a doer. I don’t like loose ends, and I don’t like not knowing what’s coming next. So I identify the problem, I make a plan of attack, and then I dive in. Sometimes I already have the skills and expertise to solve the problem, and sometimes I need to consult an expert.
Right now, I’m in the middle of marketing plans for the release of my first novel. I have a marketing background, so you wouldn’t think it would be too difficult. But book marketing is a long way from the kind of B2B marketing that I did in my first career. You can imagine my sigh of relief when I learned that my publisher had engaged an expert to help, a well-known industry publicist. Suddenly the plans don’t seem so daunting. I’m now working alongside someone who knows far more about this stuff than me.
Life isn’t any different. We all face things that paralyze us with fear or uncertainty: problems at work, difficulties in raising children, conflict with family. Sometimes we feel completely alone. We are desperate for someone who understands, who knows what they’re doing, who has the big picture. We might consult friends or mentors or family members.
But we should remember that we have the source of all Help at our disposal, One who takes the long view, the One who made heaven and earth. Even when it feels like we are alone, there is the ever-present source and comfort. All we need to do is ask.
As you face the challenges of life today, remember to look up.