Have you ever had someone say, “I will help you” and then it isn’t exactly what you needed? Lisa shares how God sent her help one day.
“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. (Isaiah 41:13)
Yesterday I was picking up the patio before the first storm was to hit today. The Tonka trucks my son piled up over a month ago were still sitting by the patio. I had asked him many times to take them back to his sand box, but he had found multiple reasons to let them stay, including the possibility of spiders taking up residence to the fact that they were his “special arrangement” for our patio decor.
As he walked by I asked him to come help again, but he headed out the front door. I picked up two and drug them to the sandbox, frustrated–and then my right ankle slipped off the side of the patio into the rocks. Argh! I sprained it badly and grabbed a post by the patio, biting back the tears.
I hollered to my son and he and his friend came running to the backyard.
“Mom, are you okay?”
“Yes. I think so.”
“What did you do?”
“Twisted my ankle on the edge of the patio.”
“What were you doing?”
“Putting your trucks away.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I will help you. Let me get you some ice.”
“I just want to get inside” I told him. “I think I can stand on it, but stay close.”
He told his friend, “My mom sprained her ankle, hold her other hand as we walk with her inside.”
The three of us walked carefully. I was able to put weight on it, and honestly, the three of us walking through the obstacle of items on the patio was more of a challenge than just doing it on my own, but I wanted to allow them to feel helpful. And make sure I didn’t re-sprain it and make it worse.
When your child holds your hand, to be helpful to you instead of you helping him, it is a shift in what feels normal. A part of me thinks, “I can take care of myself. I can walk faster than this. Don’t worry about me.” How frequently, do we also feel this way when God Himself offers His hand to us and we consider pulling away. “I can do this on my own. I don’t want to wait for Your answer, Lord. I want to just forward and see how it goes.”
My son has seen me be weak. When he was about two I leaned on our split rail fence, and landed in the muddy grass. About five years ago I fell at a fast-food restaurant where the floor was just mopped and no sign was visible (He still reminds me about this when we go there.) He has seen me nearly miss a chair and slam my own leg in the door of the car. I am not exactly graceful when the pain is everywhere.
But I love this scripture and as my son and His friend led me into the house, I thought of it. I could hear God saying, “Do not fear, I will help you,” –and His hand came in the form of two nine-year-olds. When God sends His hand to hold you, how is it delivered to you?
Prayer: God, how frequently You tell us, “I will help you” but we don’t even hear Your voice, as we are too caught up in worrying or not seeing Your help when it comes–even through the hand of a child. Help me to see You when you call out to rescue me. Amen.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is (once again!) working on her books for moms with chronic illness and making some real progress and learning as she writes how to better serve her family–which means knowing how not to overdo! If you are a mom with a chronic illness, “like” her Facebook Page for Moms with Illness to be a part of contributing with your stories and suggestions.
When God says, “I will help you,” do you sometimes miss out on the help because it comes in a way you were not expecting? How can you be more quick to recognize God’s help?
I couldn’t resist this applicable worship song, “We Fall Down (But We Get Up)” by Donnie McClurkin. It really is an encouraging song and I hope it blesses you today. -Lisa