Day Eleven: Praying for Help
Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 124: 6-8
There is danger in the world. Where can we find help?
Here is the big question. What is God doing when you are in a bind? When the lifeboat springs a leak? When the ripcord snaps? When the last penny is gone before the last bill is paid? When the last hope left on the last train? What is God doing?
I know what we are doing. Nibbling on nails like corn on the cob. Pacing floors. Taking pills. I know what we do.
But what does God do? Big question. Real big. If God is sleeping, I’m duck soup. If he is laughing, I’m lost. If he is crossing his arms and shaking his head, then saw off the limb, Honey, it’s time to crash. . .
So what do you think? What does God do when you are in a bind? That question can be answered with one word: fight. He fights for us. He steps into the ring and points us to the corner and takes over. “You need only to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Ex 14:14)
His job is to fight. Our job is to trust.
Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait. Nothing more is necessary. Nothing more is needed.
Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus
May I be reborn
Remind me who I am.
Forgive me for my shadow sides,
Please heal my broken wings
That I might fly
Marianne Williamson, Illuminated Prayers
How do you handle difficult situations? Do you “yank the steering wheel out of His hands?” Or do you wait and pray?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.