(This post, and Psalm 127, aren’t just for parents!)
Even though it will officially continue for another 50 days, for many people in Atlanta summer ends this Monday. With most schools starting back up next week, the pools will be quiet and rush hour will be longer and worse. For folks who have children, this can be a stressful and anxious time of year. And I’m not just talking about parents of young children. We have two in High School and one in College and it’s still a stressful and anxious time for Heather and me! There is a lot going on, a lot we don’t know, and we worry for our children. We really do worry about our children, don’t we. We want so much for them. We are acutely aware of how dangerous and unpredictable this world can be. We want to protect them, help them, and guide them. Sometimes (or often), those good desires and longings become anxiety-causing (or inducing) control issues.
Psalm 127 speaks to us, our worry, our anxiety, and our stress. Psalm 127 speaks to us all, not just to parents. While it does speak to us about our children and our parenting, Psalm 127 speaks to that as an illustration of its larger point: the importance of trusting God and following him. Walker Percy poignantly asked, “Is it possible for people to miss their lives in the same way one misses a plane?” This answer is yes. Psalm 127 reminds us that when we don’t trust God, our worry and our work are in vain. “In vain” means unproductive, ineffective, and unsuccessful. When we worry and fret and forget God, we don’t just waste our time, we also miss (out on) the life that God desires for us.
So, whether you are in the midst of the chaos of back to school shopping or not, take a few minutes to read and reflect on Psalm 127 this week. It starts off pretty bluntly. But there is great relief, freedom, and encouragement to be found in its stark warning! While they seem like two completely different topics, consider how the two parts of the Psalm might be connected.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. (Just a reminder – this Sunday is also a Testimony Sunday. Come and share how God is working in your life).
Yours in Christ,