“Truly, the guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps.” Psalm 121:4, NAB
One evening, while in the Navy; I was making my rounds onboard ship. I rarely slept since from 5am- 4pm, I ran the electrical division, from 4pm- 8pm I was the Command Chief, and from 8pm-1am, I conducted my ministry as a Catholic Lay Minister. The next couple of hours I had to myself. One evening, while making my rounds I chanced upon an armed guard. He had fallen asleep on watch. I went and found his Chief. His first thought was that I would wake the young man and have him put on report which would lead to captain’s mast and even a court martial. The seriousness of his post warranted it. I had a better idea. I slid up next to him, pulled his weapon, checked to make sure it was clear, removed the safety, put the gun to his head and whispered…”good bye”. He startled awake and I pulled the trigger and he screamed, then started to cry. You may think that this was a very harsh way to teach a lesson, but if I told you what he was guarding you wouldn’t think so, and the point was made…he never did it again. My point is that very, very bad things can happen when one falls asleep. Planes, boats, cars and trains crash; people get hurt, and people die. God is watching, not napping. Can you imagine if He did? If scripture is true and He controls the order of the cosmos…what would really happen if He was to just lie down and…sleep? My head is hurting just thinking about it. Remember when Jesus was taking a nap on the boat? Umm hmmm…..
God is not just the guardian of Israel; He is the guardian of all. Remember the Garden of Gethsemane? What Jesus asked the apostles? “Could you not stay awake for a moment?” Just saying…
Until next time…Children of light, instead of napping, we should be praying...luv ya!
“God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep”. Psalm 121:3, NAB
I’m not a fan of icy weather; I have a tendency of slipping…a lot. Not a lot of fun. As I lay on the ground checking the sky and my body for broken pieces, I wonder about this verse. So we have to keep these words in context. Every step we take in life is guarded; God does not sleep, He’s always watching and in many cases in preventive mode. So we must be honest and really THINK of moments where we were forewarned and did not pay attention or listen at all. I bet we may find something. In my case there is usually a moment of calm thought before an event. An inner voice that warns be careful, take your time…and like most people I ignore it, and BAM! I’m on my back. Then I question, “Why did God let this happen to me?” Instead I should have questioned myself, “Why didn’t I take my time? Why wasn’t I more careful? I KNEW it maybe slippery out, was it that important?” I think you get my drift. Many times we ignore a thought, our conscience, and even good advice from others God places in our lives. And even when we do this God is with us. As I lay there He’s laying next to me…”How’d that feel? Bet you wished you would have listened to that ‘please be careful’ thought I gave you.” Oh and don’t EVEN think about blaming your guardian angel. Ummm, did you read Tobit (in the Old Testament) as I suggested? Sometimes we get very specific instructions from God and or his angels. They are meant to be followed for a reason, and we must make the conscious effort to trust and follow them, or things can end up very badly, or intended blessings may not happen. God holds all His children in the palm of His hands; and will not allow our feet to slip. But He respects our free will and will not force us to follow a path…even if it’s safer for us.
Until next time…Communication is key. If something isn’t clear, than we should ask for clarification, even if it’s from God...luv ya!
“My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” - Psalm 121:2, NAB
So today we answer last week’s question. Our help comes from God. Since He is the creator of both heaven and earth we declare that He is not confined to any place or time. He is not constrained, and neither should we be in our faith and trust in Him. Since He has created all things then we should take comfort that he is in all things. We can find comfort and not fear the dark, turbulent, or vast anything. For on this journey of life…God is with us. Sure we must prepare, only a fool would go on the sea without a life preserver, or jump out of a plane without a parachute, etc. But God can and will help us; we just need to trust Him. I didn’t say bad things or accidents wouldn’t happen…I said the Lord would help us. And to do that, He must be with us. Trust me, I’ve been in some pretty bad situations but God stayed with me. Things can always be worse on the outside…but it’s for what’s on the inside that the Lord is most diligent… our very souls. Yes, life can be rough…but I think our God is much more formidable. If you would like to read about the Lord and a journey, may I suggest Tobit? Trust in the Lord and pray to Him, He may just send an angel to be with you on your journey…He did it for Tobias, Tobit’s son, and He’ll do for you.
Until next time… we should be focusing on trust in the Lord...luv ya!
“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will my help come?” Psalm 121:1, NAB
Thought I’d try something a little bit different. So I’m taking on this whole Psalm verse by verse. Are you ready? This Psalm is a blessing given to someone embarking on a dangerous journey. People look anxiously at the wooded hills or mountains, dark forests and valleys and the vast ocean or turbulent sky. The question is…will God protect us on our journey?
When we raise our eyes to the formidable, we may wonder what or who we can trust. It gets pretty scary at night in the hills. Strange noises, the cold and damp and wild animals are lurking…scaring us out of our wits. It would be very tempting to trust our own ingenuity. But fear has a tendency of overpowering us and our ingenuity. Whether it’s hiking into the woods, climbing hills and mountains, flying or sailing it can get scary and it can happen very fast.
Life can be like that, formidable. We’re constantly raising our eyes…wondering. Where can we get help at a moment’s notice? From where will it come? Will God be with us? Will our close friends and family help us or will they outrun us trying to save themselves? Will we be left stranded? From “where” will our help come?
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is fortitude or courage; a gift to strengthen our souls in times of trouble and temptations, and give us confidence in God. Tune in next week at the same Beacon time and the same Beacon channel for more of this Psalm.
Until next time…have courage...luv ya!