SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
STORY as told by William C. Schultz:
People need people. Laurie was about three when one night she requested my aid in getting undressed. I was downstairs and she was upstairs, and ... well. "You know how to undress yourself," I reminded. "Yes," she explained, 'but sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves."
The 3-year old in the story spoke volumes. Her words have tremendous insight into the human condition. There are times, more often than we would like to admit, that we would like the assistance of others … just because … for no apparent reason other than we just want their help.
When someone calls 911 the operator will eventually state: Help is on the way. Those simple words can calm the most panic driven situation. Help is on the way.
No matter what we are facing today … help is on the way. No matter what trials we will have to go through … help is on the way. No matter how much we are tested … help is on the way. No matter how difficult the challenge … help is on the way. No matter how bad are the things that go bump in the night … help is on the way.
This is the endearing and lasting promise from God the Father. Like a child, when strange things happen or they become unsure or different people come into their presence … they will instinctively reach out for the hand of the individual they trust and/or hide behind the legs of their protector … God is always there. He takes our hand, holds it tight; we have nothing to fear … for help has arrived.
Thank you for being there when fear comes to visit. Thank you for holding our hands when things go bump in the night. Thank you for being our help in times of trouble and stress. Thank you for your promise of presence. Amen.