“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” —Psalm 121:1-8
In this Psalm, we are reminded to look up to the One who holds you and your baby in His hands. When we are constantly looking down, we tend to get caught up and overwhelmed by the cares of the world. We try to carry our concerns and control things that are out of our control. We become consumed with what’s right in front of us and don’t see a way out. But then, we look up. We look up and see where our help comes from. We look up and we are refreshed by His presence, refreshed by His goodness.
The psalmist tells us he looks up to the mountains in his time of distress and is reminded, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” He goes on to encourage us that as we look up we are reminded that the Lord, our Lord, does not slumber. His eyes are always on you. His hand is always holding you. He is our shelter and always by our side. He will protect us.
This week, as your little one’s neck forms and chin lifts up off his or her chest for the first time, let it be a reminder to you to look up, at all times, to the One who made you, knows you, helps you and loves you deeply. And let us pray that as this little one grows up, that he or she will continue to lift up the chin, to look up, and be reminded who holds their “coming and going both now and forever.”