Imagine a little girl struggling to tie her shoe lace, the more she tries, the more tangled the laces become. She becomes upset, then she starts to cry. Her Mother says ‘let me help you’,but she refuses.
In the end, after her efforts are spent, she comes to her Mum and ask for help. She receives the help, but ask ‘why couldn’t I do it myself?’. Mum replies, because you have not yet learnt how to tie your laces.
Often times, we too behave in similar manner. When we are experiencing challenges or distress, we often think ‘I can handle it, I don’t need help’ and so we struggle to deal with the situation on our own; getting frustrated because it’s not being resolved. What was a ‘mole hill’ is threatening to become a mountain. It becomes consuming and contentious yet we continue trying in our ability but, to no avail. We fail to understand that, often times, we don’t have the solution to our problems, we don’t know exactly what to do, still through pride, we continue in that difficult situation even as it begins to affects other things.
Reaching out, asking for help seems a difficult thing to do for most people.
Why? There are several reasons for this, lack of trust, pride, self-sufficiency, insecurity, shame, privacy, not wanting others to know your affairs; so we suffer in silence and the situation deteriorate.
But we need to seek help, to get support and encouragement. We all need from time to time, a helping hand, a kind word, a gentle nudge or even a hard push, when required. No one is an island, we need each other.
Though, experience have shown that we are not self-sufficient, we often fail each other, we are not always trustworthy or sincere and these may have caused us to step back and trust no one. But I believe, we know One who is reliable, dependable, trustworthy and more than able to help, One who calls us to Himself with assurance of His faithfulness. One who will never leave us nor forsake us, those who come to Him!
The scriptures reveal the nature God as willing, and a very present help in times of trouble. Those who are ready to call on him, will receive help. Also, we have a mediator, before God; Jesus Christ, he speaks in our defence, our Advocate.
Daily, God invites us to come to him, just as we are with all our issues; we respond in faith, in praise and in prayer.
He invites us to cast our cares, anxieties and burdens on him because for He cares for us, according to 1Pet.5:7.
He will sustain us.
Hebrews 13:6; so we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, so I will not fear, what can man do to me?
Ps 54:4; surely God is my help, the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Ps 118:6; the Lord is with me I will not be afraid…
Ps 46:1; God is our refugee and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.
The scriptures are full of God’s promises, his invitation, and readiness to help to us. It is for us to believe, accept and experience divine intervention. Come to Him today.