Simply the Best Help

I finally said it.  It only took six weeks but it finally escaped my mouth quickly and urgently like a confetti bomb at a celebration.  The words many of us have already huffed, puffed and cried a hundred times in the past few weeks.  The strong proclamation came as I was standing in the middle of my living room Friday afternoon after giving the same lecture to my children for the ten thousandth time, “That’s it! I have had it.  I am over COVID and isolation.” I said it and I meant it.  I couldn’t stop it and I didn’t want to.  It had to be released.  I had finally repeated myself enough times to my children that I just couldn’t bear the thought of another minute in isolation with them.  Please don’t get me wrong, I have genuinely loved being home with them, but on this particular day, at the end of this very long week, I had finally reached my limit.  Every single one of us has limits.  We get to a place where we have tried everything and everything has failed.  It is an exhausting and frustrating place to be.  I have to thank God for his help and grace in times such as these.  On this day, I threw my hands up in defeat and asked Jesus for help.  

The next day during my morning bible study I read Psalm 69 and it was so timely and relevant to my situation.  I believe that so many of us can relate to this feeling right now.  The feeling of being at your wits end to the point that you feel like you are suffocating in your home.  That you are dying in this desolate wilderness called social isolation.  I love David’s honesty with God.  He starts by saying, “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods have engulfed me.  I am worn out from calling for help; my throat is parched.  My eyes fail, looking for my God (v. 1-3). David is at his limit.  He feels like he has lost control to the point of drowning and death!   He is exhausted from crying and can’t see the light.  David desperately needs help and fortunately for him he knows God.  He knows that God will rescue and protect him from being consumed and destroyed by his circumstances.  If you go on reading, he is so confident that he actually praises God before he receives his relief.  That is amazing faith to be in the midst of pain and suffering yet be thanking and praising God for what he is going to do.  We can definitely learn a lesson in faith and trust from David! 

My favorite verse from this Psalm that is super relevant to COVID and the daily suffering that some of us are experiencing is when David says, “ The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people (v. 33).”  I absolutely love this.  We are literally captives in our homes and I feel safe to say that for the most part many of us are miserable and groaning a lot.  And our God is so good that even in our grumbling and complaining he is never burdened by hearing our voices.  The Lord loves you no matter what and I believe he is thrilled that you are calling on his name for help! So do it and do it often if that is what you need.  He loves to help us and he wants nothing more than to help us.  The Lord should be our first call for help not our last!  It’s easier to say than it is to practice. Trust me I know.  Life gets crazy at times and it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos but we must not forget our best help is found in Jesus.  

So while you are in this difficult season, don’t forget that your best help comes from Jesus.  So like David, keep on calling on the name of Jesus for help and don’t forget to thank and praise him for everything he has done, is doing and that he is going to do for you and your family now and forever. Thank you Jesus for your never failing love, compassion, kindness and strength. You are simply the best.   

So this week we are not just going to survive.  We are going to raise our hands in praise! We are going to sing louder! We will keep our heads up and our eyes fixed on Jesus!  We will remember his faithfulness!  And we are going to continue pressing forward!! Keep up the great work! You are amazing!!! 

For the One,

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