Today, I had an experience that made me feel quite helpless. I get a call while at work from my wife who was crying in agonizing pain. There was nothing I could do, accept pick her up and take her to the Emergency Room. All I could do, all the way there, in the waiting room, and in the holding room was wait, pray, and comfort her as best I could. I have never heard my wife weep like that, or cry out, or writhe in pain as she did. I felt helpless.
Yet, I find that we're not helpless. We were not helpless at home, nor in the car, nor in the ER. Every step of the way, we had help. In the moment, however, it's difficult to see that we have help. We have a God who is not disconnected from us. Heck, today, my wife, a friend and I were comforting one another knowing we have a God who is not disconnected from pain! He endured agony, and my wife, as Christ, cried out to the Father for relief. And each step of the way was (and is) faithful to us in our situation. God was so good. God is so good. We are not helpless. Isaiah 41:9-10 But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Psalm 121:1-8 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.