Psalm 120:1 says, “In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me.”
In the scary moments after our split second accident, last July, Emma and I could not get out of the car at first. She said “I’m OK. I’m OK”, I said, “I’m OK,” and I grabbed her hand and cried out, “Jesus, help us.” JESUS HELP US!
This was not a flowery prayer or a long, drawn out prayer exercise following an acronym for proper prayers to be lifted up. This was not a perfectly written quote with a comma before the One we were addressing… This was – in our distress we called out to God – and He answered us.
I tried my door again and could open it. Miracle? I don’t know, but we did just call out to God. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
That prayer has sustained us throughout these past four months as we deal with the emotional and physical aspects of being in a traumatic car accident. JESUS HELP US. And He is near.
I don’t know where you’re at in life, but I do know whatever you’re facing you too can cry out – Jesus, help me – in your distress and He will answer you. What you need help with may not disappear in a split second (in this world you will have troubles…) – or it may – but He will be near in the process, faithful to use it in your life and give strength for the journey.
I cannot sing this song @ church (by Bethel Music) without crying as I reflect on God’s goodness, nearness and faithfulness.
“I will sing of all you’ve done
I’ll remember how far you carried me
From beginning until the end
You are faithful, faithful to the end.”
And if that doesn’t get me – which it does, then we get to this part…
“THERE WASN’T A DAY
THAT YOU WEREN’T BY MY SIDE
There wasn’t a day
That You let me fall
All of my life
Your love has been true
All of my life
I will worship you.”
THIS is why I’m passionate about sharing Christ. It’s not about rules or what we believe or don’t believe as Christians, but it is about a relationship with a LOVING Father who cares, who is compassionate, who is GOOD. It’s about His Son who took my place on a brutal cross so we could have forgiveness for our wretched ways and access to this loving Father. It’s about a Holy Spirit who guides but also provides supernatural comfort and strength. Life is hard, y’all. You don’t have to have a car accident to make that statement. I could write 1000 pages of the faithfulness of Christ in my life through hard things (many written in this blog). Don’t go it alone when the One who created you longs to be there for you.