Help Me Help You
Help Me Help You
Our youngest child awoke the other morning in tears. As I consoled him, I tried to understand the source of his frustrations.
“There’s something sticky in my nose!” Followed by more tears.
Allergy season is upon us and I knew exactly what this “sticky” was. So I grabbed a tissue and asked him to blow. He responded, “I can’t!” Yet, he wasn’t even trying. So I asked him to blow again. Nothing but tears. And this pattern continued until I finally got down on my knees, looked him in the eye, and explained that I couldn’t help him unless he did as I asked.
And the light bulb went on.
As a LEOW I’ve been in predicaments where I didn’t move. However, clear direction and even solid advice were given to navigate through my “sticky” situations. So until I put movement to action, there I sat. Stuck. Knowing what I needed to do, yet something inside keeping my feet from taking the step.
Our God is a God of restoration. He is in the “helping the helpless” business. In fact, Isaiah 25:4 tells how in times of distress, He is a shelter for the needy. In Romans 5:6, we see how at just the right time, when we were utterly helpless, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us.
He has already made the way; we just need to put movement into action!
If you haven’t heard it before, then let me say it here. What if I told you any mountain in front of you… the heartaches, disease, marriage troubles, financial issues, crazy and wayward children… anything you are possibly facing today… What if I told you that assistance is only a ‘cry out’ for help away? That anything you face could be helped through Jesus? And the only thing you need do is put movement into action.
The great thing about Jesus is He isn’t some “clean up” before you come to Him kind or some unapproachable “being.” But rather, He is a “meet you where you are” gentle soul kind. Somewhere along the way, that message has been lost in translation. We don’t have to fix a thing before we meet Him. When we ask, He comes to us and transforms us into new creations! He wipes away the tears and all the old things lingering around, and gives us a new heart, and then comes in to make His home in our heart. It’s not about religion. It’s about relationship.
The ball is in our court, my family in Blue. He can’t help us until we take those steps we know we need to take. Yes. He helps the utterly helpless and meets them where they are. But when He tells us to get up and follow Him, we need get up and walk!
Oh the joy that awaits those who do!
“If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved. The scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.’ This includes everyone, because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to him. As the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.’ But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed?” (Romans 10:9-14a GNT)