The building and pews were different. The pastor was different. Even the smells and sounds were different. Even though we were sitting in a different church than we normally do on a Sunday, God spoke timely words to my weary heart through the pastor’s sermon.
Last Sunday was our great-nephew’s baptism and what a joyous occasion it was. This little guy was named after my father, so that right there makes him extra-special. Be still my heart.
I did my best to soak in all I could for little Will’s parents, my nephew and niece. To try to remember my own children’s baptisms, and how these young parents must be feeling in the moment. I watched him, bright-eyed and content in his momma’s arms. He had no idea of the significance of this day. Some day he would, but not today.
I didn’t expect anything for me. After all, it was Will’s and his parent’s special day. I certainly didn’t expect for God to speak to my heart, to offer words of hope to my soul. But, isn’t that just like God to break in when we least expect Him to?
Isn’t it like God to give us encouragement, right when we need it?
Tucked somewhere in the pastor’s sermon, these words shot straight to my core. “God is saying to each one of us, ‘Let me help you.'”
The pastor went on to explain how God extends His help to each of us. No matter if that’s in the form of helping us through our current situations, or helping us as we mature in our faith, or helping us through the promise of eternal security in Jesus.
God wants to help us.
You and me. What a simple, yet profound truth. God doesn’t expect us to go this life alone. No. He wants to be our help, our guide, our encouragement, our hope. He wants us to trust Him to handle all we can’t. (I don’t know about you, but I can’t handle much of anything anymore, or so it seems.) He’s willing and able to handle everything–every little and big thing–that comes our way.
God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. So why run and hide?Psalm 46:1 VOICE
I’ve recently slipped back into the habit of trying to handle my life on my own and in my own strength. It’s no wonder I’m feeling weary and stretched! That’s not God’s best for my life.
Will we let God help us?
After all, He’s the One Who can handle every problem, heal every hurt, move every mountain, deal with every disappointment, and take charge of every situation. God can do it all.
Me? I can’t. I’ve tried. I continue to try. But, thankfully, you and I don’t have to do it all anymore.
- In the situation we’re finding ourselves in today, will we let God help us?
- In life’s uncertainties and in the questions we can’t answer, will we let God help us?
- When the decisions seem too big and the money seems too small, we we let God help us?
- When trust is hard and when the heartache is harder, will we let God help us?
- In the times we feel too weary to go on and too worn out to care anymore, will we let God help us?
But I know that God helps me. The Lord is the one who keeps me going.Psalm 54:4 NIRV
Allow this truth to transform your thinking, your day, your life.
Yeah, I know. Asking for help doesn’t come easy for some like me. Maybe like you, too. But, asking for help doesn’t prove we’re weak. It’s shows we’re strong. Strong enough to allow divine help in our lives, to be better equipped and rightly able to live well the lives you and I have been given.
You and I can give up striving and stretching and worrying and stressing. When we let God help us, He steps in and takes the wheel. He gives us rest from the weariness and refreshes our tired souls. God guides us, prepares us, protects us, and strengthens us. He fills us full of His grace, mercy, and love.
Friend, doesn’t this sound wonderful? Isn’t it time we let God step in and help us today? In this very moment, what’s one way you can do that?
We’ll be discussing this subject further at our next BYOB and B (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) event on Monday, June 3, in Cedar Rapids. Details can be found here.
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So often I feel I don’t deserve God’s help or think that there are so many others who have needs greater than mine. My mind knows this is untrue but my heart, oh my fickle heart! I love your second to the last paragraph! I want to live it and YES, it sounds wonderful!