God's Help

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:12-16 (NRSV)

Diana L. Walters is from Tennessee. She experienced a week where everything went wrong. Three managers usually ran the assisted-living floor, but one was on maternity leave and another needed emergency heart surgery.

Still, Diana managed all the resident and employee issues. But when two staff members called in sick, she was frantic to find enough staff. When the third employee called in sick, Diana broke down in tears and cried out, "I can't do this anymore!" A co-worker from another department heard her crying and stopped to help. They talked, Diana cried, and together they came up with a plan.

When Diana became overwhelmed, she was blind to any solution to her problem. Yet she thought she should handle it herself instead of asking for assistance. In the same way, we sometimes don't ask for God's help until we're overwhelmed with our burdens and fears. We forget that we don't have to handle life on our own.

Diana realized that she should have asked for God's guidance. After that, she began praying for God's wisdom each day. As she did so, she found she was less stressed when things didn't go as planned. Diana learned that she didn't have to cry to get God's attention either - God hears even a whispered, "Help me, Father."

Prayer: Thank you, God for the availability of your help. Remind us to rely on your power instead of our own, in Jesus' name, amen.

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