Ever Present Help

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”Psalm 46:1

Having already searched my pockets, under my bed and my sheets,  I empty my purse looking for my beloved iPhone. As each item leaves my purse my concern grows. What if I left it at the church? What if someone stole it? I can’t afford to replace it. Then suddenly I remember “there’s an app for that” and log on to me.com to track my iPhone. After struggling to remember my password I confirm that indeed my iPhone is in my garage back home and although I am relieved that it’s not stolen I can’t help but wonder why Jesus didn’t remind me to check for my phone just as I was leaving the car. Because of course I NEED my phone. It’s right up there with water, food and air.

Now although this dilemma is arguably trivial, there have been times when I needed God, I mean really needed God and at the time I’d reason that he was not there. Every attempt I made to change my environment or situation not only fell through but, seemed intentionally blocked. I wondered how in those situations God could be fair. Why would God allow my efforts to better myself or to do right to be blocked? After all some were things He was leading me to do. So I reasoned God must not want these needs meet. Those were times when it seemed like I was pursuing Christ more than he was pursuing me. However, it was trusting God in times when He didn’t seem trustworthy like this that strengthen my faith. Having gone through the storm I see now the many ways that God was always there right from the start. In fact, I sought God because He first sought me. He was pursuing me on the cross before I even was. He died with me in mind. He created a solution way before my problem existed.

When we ask God for help its doesn’t always come in the form we want it in. Hey, I asked God to give me a post for this blog and He did by allowing me to forget my phone. We’re never alone. Even when you don’t hear, feel, see or acknowledge God He is always there. You weren’t created to function in your own power.

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one

and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and

sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. We love

because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:9-10,19

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About Sydney Henry

Executive Director of Uprise, a faith based nonprofit reaching young adults through innovative methods, working to increase young adult involvement and membership in local churches and the creation and enhancement of young adult ministries.

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