June 3, 2009 "I Need Help!"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep."
~ Psalm 121:2-4 ~

Laying out by the pool, catching some rays; getting an 'overdose' of Vitamin D something caught my attention.

I noticed a mom of two children trying to gather her belongings as she was holding her little boy who was no more than 4 years old. She had another little boy who was approximately 6 years old trying his best to gather things in his little arms to assist his mom.

She had a bag hanging from her left forearm, a little boy hanging on her right hip as his legs wrapped around her waist and her right arm tightly wrapped around him. She didn't have any arms left as she struggled trying to reach for the rest of her belongings that were on the ground. As I saw this, I got up from my chair and went over to try to assist her.

As I approached her, I said, "Is there anything I can help you with?" At first she was a little stand offish and then I felt awkward. However, I pushed through the awkard moment and said again, "Please, let me help you, I'm a mom too, it's ok to say yes if you need help." She very politely said, "No that's ok, I'll just make two trips." Then I heard her older son speak up like a little man, "Yes we could use your help." I giggled and said, "You know what? Mom's can be silly sometimes it's hard for us to say we need help." He giggled as though he knew exactly what I was talking about from experiencing it with his own mom.

After this real life scenario took place, I thought of how pride comes in so many different forms. In this scenario it was in the form of "I don't need help, when it was obvious she did." We need to get past the "Supermom", "Superwoman", "Superman" facade and just receive help sometimes. I realized also that she was going to reject my help if it wasn't for her son who received the help on her behalf. I was truly being robbed of being a blessing to her and in turn she was robbing herself from assistance.

(As a side note: I believe I also need to state the following: If you are someone who is constantly saying, "Yes" when sometimes you need to say, "No"; you have got to remember that you are not superwoman or superman...it's ok to say, "no". That could be your opportunity to pray for that person to have someone else assist them. I need help in this area BIG TIME too...just because I write these devotionals, does not mean I think I have it mastered, actually it's totally the opposite. I write to myself, I have to preach to myself everyday, moment by moment, if you could only see me at times you would think I was crazy. Well, ok I am crazy but you would think I was even crazier if that is possible)!

There are many people out there that need our help, we need help at times too. Let's not be fearful of rejection if we ask for help, or trying to assist someone else. More than anything, God wants to help us moment by moment with our lives. Are we going to allow Him to help us? Or will we do it on our own, only adding coals of frustration to our life?

Let us remember who wants to help us beyond our wildest dreams....God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. That's an awesome thought that leads my mind to the 'vanishing point' where I can't even imagine because of how awesome He is.


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