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 forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 NIV)
Psalm 121 begins with, “I lift my eyes up to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth,” and ends with the verses above. When I travel, I always fear the worst that can happen. My family might argue that I still think I’m invincible, with an adventurous streak and all, but during any trip—whether for work or fun, with my family or without—my “what-if” questions include the worst of the worst.
Bad things happen to both “good” and “bad” people, whatever that means. I could be going about my day normally, and something harmful could happen, even in “safe” spaces.
However, we have not been given a spirit of fear! (See 2 Timothy 1:7.) Two things we know for sure: God gives us wisdom, and God watches our comings and goings. Maybe I’m taking this verse too literally in that I’m only thinking about physically traveling because I’m writing this as I’m sitting in an airport. But he’s watching my entire life journey, where I’ve come from, where I am, and where I’ll be going.
I find this especially important when I’ve prayed for his direction in my life, and when I’m stepping out in obedience as it’s unknown to me. But he’s given me a sense of wisdom, he’s given direction, and he’s watching. What’s there to fear when I’m stepping out with his directions?! I’m especially thinking of those of you who went on mission trips and to CHIC lately. God is on the move, just as you are on the move!
So, when I travel or when I’m just going about my day, and especially when I’m doing something I think he’s led me to, my prayer is to remember that he keeps me from harm and watches over my life, my coming and going.
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