God Has Our Back

You hem me in ­– behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” Psa. 139:7.

I was stuck, paralyzed with fear. I had gone as far as I could while carrying a 30-pound backpack, walking on blistered feet, and fighting scratched arms and hands. But I had to move . . . I could not stay. Terrified, I looked at my options. Ahead of me—the side of a rock that I had to scale. Behind me—the grove of tree limbs and roots that hid the drop off I knew was waiting below. The other hikers in the group were either ahead of me coaxing me upward, or behind me encouraging me onward. I was truly stuck and fear had its grip on me.

I have often thought of the terrifying time I experienced on the side of that mountain many years ago; holding on to the spindly seedling with my foot forced in the crack of a rock, while looking at the drop behind and the steep climb before me. At the time I had no choice but to put my confidence in the other hikers.  Since that experience I have learned that in life we may have mountains before us we must climb. Sometimes in the middle of the climb, we find ourselves stuck, paralyzed with fear. We have gone too far to turn back, but what is ahead is even more frightening. The fear and anguish can become so great we just stop moving. But no peace can be found while hanging on the side of a mountain in total fear.

After much help and encouragement from the more experienced hikers, I did climb to the top of that mountain. Since then I have endured a variety of “mountain” experiences, however, the peace that comes from knowing God is with me and that He has His hand on me helps keep the fear away. Next time you find yourself stuck on the side of a mountain paralyzed with fear, remember, God not only has your back, He has you completely hemmed in—He is behind you, and before you. And if you rest in this fact, and are very still, you may actually feel His hand as He lays it upon you.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary King on October 31, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Beth,
    I love your Blog – especially “Conversations” and “God Has Our Back”, and, well I like all of it including your devotional. You are definitely a writer, a talented writer, and what a wonderful thing to write about, “God’s Word”. Your passion is evident. I wish you success in your endeavor. I’m sure you will experience success for, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall have success”. 2 Ch 20:20.

    Love you,
    Mama

    Reply

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