Thursday, August 18, 2011

When I Cry For Help

Our daughter, Alannah, had a particularly hard day at Kids Camp the other day and she was pretty frustrated. The kids wouldn't listen to her and she felt like they weren't learning anything at all. I think we've all had days like that at one time or another. She usually has ten kids, on average,  ranging in age from four to nine years old, and they can be quite a handful if you are there with only one helper.  I told her that I would fore go working on the house renovations in the mornings and that I would help her out.

So I went the next morning and while I was in another room setting up that day's craft, I could hear the kids coming in to the church already bouncing off the walls, so to speak, and not listening to Alannah. I let it go on for a couple of minutes and then I went to address the problem. I began by asking the kids what they do if they need help at home. One little girl answered that she would ask her mom to come help her. That was exactly the answer I was looking for. I explained to the kids that Alannah was my little girl and she had asked her mama to come and help her. Then I asked the kids if they knew why she would have to do that and one honest boy answered that it was because they hadn't been good for her the day before. Having settled that problem, we started the song service and Bible lesson and while the kids were still far from being on their best behaviour, they quieted down for the most part and Alannah felt much better knowing I was there with her.

Where do you turn when you need help? Did you know that the Lord is waiting to help you? He is waiting for you to cry out to Him. The psalmist David knew this when he wrote Psalm 142. Verse five says:
"I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living."
David knew that we can find refuge or safety in the Lord. He knew that no living being can help us like the Lord can. Psalm 46:1 tells us: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." We can always cry out to God and He will hear us and act on our behalf. He will be our comfort and our help. 

Alannah knew that when she needed help she could call on me and I would readily come to help her and we can do the same with the Lord. He will come to your aid. He will help you when you need Him. He will always be there for you. "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8

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