The other day, I was working in our home office when my two-year-old daughter came in and sat on my lap. Michaela started coloring in my composition book with my pens and highlighters. “I’m helping you because I love you.”
I smiled and hugged her tight, wishing I could just hang out with her the rest of the day. Unfortunately, I still had a lot to do. “That’s so sweet, honey, but can you go help Grandma cook dinner?”
“I can’t,” she said. “Because I need to help you. You’re in a bit of trouble.”
I laughed and colored with her for awhile. But though she may have been right—I may have been in a bit of trouble—she wasn’t really able to help, at least not with my novel.
A Very Present Help
But there is someone who can help us, no matter what kind of trouble we’re in: “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1 NLT).
What kind of trouble are you in today? Where do you need strength? In what way do you need refuge?
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by the projects or problems before me and forget I have an all-mighty heavenly Father who is always ready to help.
Present Your Requests to God
But Philippians 4:6-7 reminds me of the truth: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Today, on the National Day of Prayer, let us not forget we have a very present help in trouble, One who has walked on water, calmed a raging sea, and even risen from the dead. No project or problem is too difficult for Him.
Today I’m mired in footnotes, citations and The Chicago Manual of Style. It’s a fun sort of trouble, if hairsplitting. I think editing lends itself to OCD–at least for me–and I sometimes lose sight of what I’m trying to accomplish. Do you think God cares as much as we do about typos, economy of words and point-of-view? I hope so. Thanks for reminding us that He’s our best help, even in the peskiest tasks.
Thanks Kristina! 🙂
This is a little jewel. Thank you for my second reminder this week of my favorite verse. I will try to go to my Heavenly Father.