Every Which Way

“The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8)

“You don’t know whether you’re coming or going!” It used to be something parents or teachers said to you when you behaved in a disorganised fashion. I guess the implication was that you should really know which way you were heading and prepare accordingly. Many times we don’t, however. We seldom do just the one thing. Life is more like leaving the house to take three small children to two schools and a crèche (say); each requiring appropriate clothing, shoes, gym equipment, lunch bag, medication etc and each possessing their personal emotional make-up, mood-swings…. This is plate-spinning or multi-tasking to the nth degree.

We muddle through it all, somehow, it’s true, but consider the position and thought-life of one of those children who doesn’t really understand the big-picture role of the parent, but is wrapped up in his own needs, desires and feelings.

And all of sudden you arrive at the sense of this psalm. He watches over us when we don’t know whether we’re coming or going. He understands fully every need, every desire and feeling. Even more than that, He dreams big dreams for us that we might be totally, fully ourselves, fulfilled, healthy, happy. He wants more for us than we can imagine for ourselves. He’s a good parent.

Lord, I trust you to watch over me today, as I go out and come in. Keep from harm and lead me in the path of life as I walk with you.

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