Help from the Maker of Mountains

The living room of our house in Mexico where we live part of the year to be near our missionary daughter and her family faces Popocatepetl, an active volcano. Each day Popo (everyone’s nickname for the volcano) expresses a different personality. Sometimes Popo has a bit of steam, sometimes (though rarely) nothing is happening, sometimes ash puffs out and sometimes a LOT of ash billows forth.

The giant mountain is alive with heat, steam, ash, and lava, and no one can control it. We never forget that Popo is there, and the alive mountain is always to be respected. Mexican scientists monitor Popo’s activity, but no one can manage Popo’s activity.

When we built our house in Mexico I created two signs that hang above the dining area window and the living room window from which we view Popo. They both say the same thing, one in Spanish and the other in English, Psalm 121:1-2, I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

When the Psalmist looked at a massive mountain he thought of how great is God who made the mountains. He was reassured that there was real help for himself that could come from the Maker of those mountains. So should we be reassured! God created mountains, more easily than a child can make a small mound of sand at the seashore. When it comes to volcanoes like Popo, God does Himself one better; He makes the big mountain come alive with smoking and rumbling and sometimes with lava!

Whatever our challenges and problems we can go to this great God, the creator of mountains and volcanoes. If He can make the massive mountains and can even make some of them come awesomely alive then He can easily help us with whatever we face!

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

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