By Pastor Mark Jordan
But you, Lord! Don’t be far away! You are my strength! Come quick and help me! (Psalm 22:19, CEB)
Tiffany and I had a moment with Mia the other that broke our hearts. Mia has a good morning; she was playful, funny, and affectionate. When it was time to load the van and head to school, something switched, and quickly. Her eyes welled up with tears. She reached out to Tiffany and me, and started saying, “Help you,” which in Mia speak really means, help me.
This wasn’t a meltdown. It was a cry for help. She couldn’t muster any other words than “help you,” and she felt desperate. As as a result, I took a moment to sit down with her, holding her tightly in my lap, while rocking her to soothe her troubled spirit.
This actually happens quite regularly. We don’t know why, though presume it could be some flashback or recollection of the hard place from which she came. Initially, it was frustrating for us, but now that we have a better understanding of her needs, we know those cries for “help you” aren’t for anything other than a reassurance that we are here and never far from her…even while she is at school.
This isn’t unique to Mia, or anyone who has difficulties in his or her past. There are times waves of emotion crash over us, and we are immediately taken back to those times when we felt out of control, alone, and vulnerable. Can you relate?
King David wrote the Psalm from which our daily verse is found. As I reflected upon those few moments on an otherwise normal morning, I couldn’t help but think about how God longs to be that loving parent, strong, swift, and near. If you feel despondent and desperate, cry out to the Lord. God is there, strong, swift, and eager to assist. He longs to give you the loving support you need to face the day unafraid.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I come to you today, requesting your loving and comforting help. Thank you for hearing my moans and groans when the words just won’t come. Though they don’t, I know you do. And for that, I praise your holy name. Amen.