It was a sad day in May 2003 when “The Old Man of the Mountain” broke apart and slid down the mountainside. This 40-foot profile of an old man’s face, carved by nature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, had long been an attraction to tourists, a solid presence for residents, and the official state emblem. It was written about Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story The Great Stone Face.
Some nearby residents were devastated when The Old Man fell. One woman said, “I grew up thinking that someone was watching over me. I feel little less watched-over now.”
There are times when a dependable presence disappears. Something or someone we’ve relied on is gone, or a job, or good health. The loss makes us feel off-balance, unstable. We might even think that God is no longer watching over us.
But “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15). He “is near to those who have a broken heart” (v. 18). He is the Rock whose presence we can always depend on (
God’s presence is real. He continually watches over us. He is rock-solid. – Anne Cetas
The Rock of Ages stands secure,
He always will be there;
He watches over all His own
To calm their anxious care. – Keith
The question is not where is God, but where isn’t He?
- June 14, Vol. 22; June 20, Vol. 12-A, Our Daily Bread