Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.
I love spending time on our backyard deck. It's always where I do my best thinking. So, it isn't unusual to find me out there multiple times during my day.
A few days ago, coffee in hand, I go out on the deck and discover this little fellow.
A hard-shelled beetle lying on its back, its spindly legs waving frantically to and fro, but unable to set itself to rights.
Poor little guy! Maybe you just need a bit of help to get you on your feet . . .
I pick up a twig and ever so gently roll the beetle right side up.
It staggers as if dazed. Lurches clumsily forward. Moves about one inch.
Then, losing its footing, down on its back it goes. Flailing its tiny legs helplessly in the air.
I prod it carefully once again. Back on its feet, my little friend can't seem to maintain balance. Teetering. Tottering. Down for the count!
Again and again . . .
No matter how I try to help it, the beetle is incapable of cooperating. Then, a thought hits me. Hard! All those years when I ignored the outstretched hand of Jesus. Offering me His love. His comfort. His mercy.
His help . . .
I was no better off than the struggling beetle, beating to air with purpose, but getting nowhere. And, feeling so empty inside . . .
Oh, how I thank the Lord who never gave up on me! Who kept offering His saving hand. Patiently. Steadfastly.
Again and again . . .
Until the eyes of my heart were opened.
And, I agreed to walk with Him.
Hand-in-hand . . .
Are you holding fast to the hand of Jesus today?
Please pray with me:
So many people, Father, are struggling with problems, troubles, and trials. Remind them that Jesus' hand is outstretched to help them through the storm and give them the peace which passes all understanding. Amen.
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