A Little Help, Please!
Do you have someone you can call upon when you need help? Whether you’reÂ troubled, the night is dark, or the sky is full of clouds you can simply utter their name for comfort? Carole King wrote the song, You’ve Got a Friend in 1969 but James Taylor revised the lyrics a bit and recorded it in 1971 where it became a hit and reached the top 100 chart. No matter the slight differences between the two sets of lyrics they both point out that no matter what, you have a friend to call on when you need help.
So, do you have a friend to call out to if you find yourself down, troubled, and need a helping hand? A friend that comes when things don’t go right, and the season makes no difference? Even if the sky turns suddenly dark, the clouds gather, and the wind picks up all you need to do is call? A friend that insists you just call out and they will come running? Unfortunately, as much as we all would like to say we areÂ that kind of friend and have a friend like that there are times that people just let us down. They get caught up in their own lives or troubles and simply can’t be on call when the bad times arrive.
Live Beyond the Fog
Where do you go or who do you go to when the bad times arrive on a silver platter serving themselves up in a grand style? I recently read that according to the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet comprises of less than one glass of water. Yet, when those minute particles settle over a city or countryside, they almost blot out everything from your sight.
Trouble can be like that fog. Many people, including Christians, live their lives in a fog. They allow a cupful of problems to cloud their vision and dampen their spirit. While anxiety, turmoil, and defeat strangle their thoughts and the cares of the world choke their lives.Â Â They feel helpless and hopeless without someone to call upon. We often forget that beyond the fog the sun does shine if we know the one whose name to call. For life’s problems are like the clover leaf exchanges on the highways. It may not seem like it at first, but there is a way out.
When you call upon God you find not only your way but the way out for there is no problem greater than the Creator of the universe. You can depend fully upon Him for help. Calling upon God allows you to gain confidence in knowing that He is with you and that you face nothing alone. You are not protected by anything created but by the Creator of everything. There are no problems beyond God’s ability to solve and it is so important to recognize this. In the midst of troubles, God always provides a way out if you will trust Him and look for it.
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:2 (NLT)
Stop Hollering and Do Something
There’s a story about a hound dog sitting in a country store howling as the hounds often do. A visitor arrives and asks the storekeeper, ”What’s the matter with your dog?” He replied, ”He’s sitting on a cocklebur.” ”Well, why doesn’t he get off?” The storekeeper replies, ”He’d rather just holler.” Don’t be like the hound dog from the Ozarks for it solves nothing and just annoys everyone around you. For there is no circumstance or set of circumstances that are too difficult If you trust God and depend upon Him.
Calling to God first in your time of need is your number one priority. He is the only one totally on your side. He may not approve of how you reached the predicament you are in, but He is always there to help you turn things around when you trust Him enough to call out to Him. There truly is no problem beyond God’s ability to solve. He may or may not deliver you from your earthly consequences or the results of you getting caught in the middle of someone else’s free will. But there is only one way to receive relief from the issues of the world and that is through the peace of Christ our Lord.
Calling on the only problem solver of life there is, boils down to trust. But if you will rely on that trust you can see that you have the ability to move beyond the troubles that are pulling you down. I came across a poem by, an unknown source that illustrates just that.
Call Out in Trust
Lord, I’ve never moved a mountain and I guess I never will. All the faith that I could muster wouldn’t move a small ant hill. Yet, I’ll tell, Lord, I’m grateful for the joy of knowing Thee, and for all the mountain moving down through life, you’ve done for me.
When I needed some help, you lifted me from the depths of great despair. And when burdens, pain, and sorrow have been more than I can bear, you have always been my courage to restore life’s troubled sea, and to move these little mountains that have looked so big to me.
Many times, when I’ve had problems and when bills I’ve had to pay, and the worries and the heartaches just kept mounting every day, Lord, I don’t know how you did it. Can’t explain the where or why. All I know, I’ve seen these mountains turn to blessings in disguise.
No, I’ve never moved a mountain, for my faith is far too small. Yet, I thank you, Lord of Heaven, you have always heard my call. And as long as there are mountains in my life, I’ll have no fear, for the mountain-moving Jesus is my strength and always near.
Won’t you take the challenge to call upon God for everything that comes into your life? Trust Him in and through everything. Allow your convictions to lean upon the only one that solves the problems of life. And find both motivation and comfort in knowing that your Creator cares about you emphatically and is the only way out of problems on earth.
Love in Christ,
Every problem is an opportunity to prove God’s power. Every day we encounter countless golden opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insurmountable problems.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you call first upon the name of the only problem solver of life? Have you ever just allowed yourself to wallow in misery instead of calling out for help? Share your thoughts and experiences on how you solve the rough roads you come across in your life.
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