“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God!” (Psalm 90:1-2, NRSV)-
Do you ever get so wrapped up in your own situation you forget about the larger scenario? I do that. Some problem comes up and it seems so huge and insurmountable and annoying, totally consuming my time and energy and heart. Then something snaps me into reality and I see the larger picture. It doesn’t make the problem go away necessarily but it certainly shrinks it down to a manageable size.
This psalm helps me do that. God has been in place for all generations. In fact, before the mountains were created. My little problem is not even a blip on the radar. “In the grand scheme of things…,” my mother used to say when things weren’t quite up to par, meaning that this current situation isn’t that big a deal.
This psalm speaks of God’s anger as if that’s what causes our “life of toil and trouble”. I believe God is not to blame for our problems but God is certainly steadfast with us though them all. Take a deep breath, find some stillness in your world, and know that God is with you just as God has always been.
Holy, holy, holy God of all time, thank you for your steadfast presence with us. Teach us to “count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Trouble, big and small, has no power over your love for us. Amen.
– The Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock, Zion United Church of Christ, Rulo, and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Falls City