Where does our help come from? A thought from Ben.

I lift my eyes up to the mountains’, says the writer of Psalm 121,where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Ps 121: 1+2

I want to encourage you to lift up your eyes! At this time where so much of the news seems troubling, and might drag us down – lift up your eyes. Look to Jesus! This is not to deny the difficulties that are around us but to look at them knowing God watches over, offers help and turns disruption into opportunity. God is at work amongst us doing wonderful things.

How often a problem or difficulty has looked different when I have stopped and looked up, praying about the situation and worshipping God. Sometimes a surprising solution presents itself, sometimes the situation remains the same but the presence of God strengthens me to approach it in a new way. Sometimes in the moment I see God do something brand new. Look Up.

The first of our disciple journey statements, that I shared at The Feast is: ‘I experience God’s presence in prayer and worship’ How true would you say that is of you? This is a time to be seeking God’s presence. Do you have a daily moment when you look up and seek God on you own? If not how could you make one? Many of us use Lectio 365 app to help us fix eyes on Jesus in prayer.

Perhaps you already do that? Could you find another point in the day, or join with others to pray. Within Kairos we have created a new opportunity once a month to seek God together – the worship and prayer evening on the 4th Sunday. Its next week, Sunday 23rd October at 7:30pm, come and give it a try. We also pray at 9:30am at Westcliffe Hall, Monday to Thursday: you would always be welcome.

A couple of simple prayers: Lord, increase my hunger and thirst for you.” “Lord let me become more aware of your presence today.” Carry them around with you, repeat them a few times today. Don’t let your eyes be dragged down. Look up! God is with us.