An Ever-Present Help

An ever-present help

An ever-present help in trouble.

This post is written as part of the Five Minute Friday writing community. We write for five minutes on a one word prompt – today’s word is ‘help’. Start writing…

Help!

“God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1

A song that declares fearless trust in God through cataclysmic events. A statement of confidence in God through life-changing and overwhelming trouble. Focusing on the ever-flowing, all sufficient grace of God, from His presence to the abode of His people.

What an amazing song!

Help! Is a cry from the heart, when we are humbled and acknowledge our need, that this situation that we are facing, this problem, is too big, too difficult, too hard, and beyond what we can deal with! That creates a space for God to move – we step back and wait on Him, and then we see what God can do.

God is Faithful

We can build our lives on God’s help, He is the One who will never let us down. I’m remembering and reflecting today on some of those times when I’ve cried to God for help and praising Him for answered prayer – He is faithful!

  • Help with a longed for pregnancy.
  • Help for a young couple with the threat of redundancy and a mortgage to pay.
  • Help with a sick child, and waiting diagnosis to see if he has a life-restricting illness.
  • Help to rescue a 2year old toddler running around on a flat garage roof, with no barrier to stop him falling off. I’m sure, that many of us will have our own version of that type of story….
  • Help through bereavement.
  • Help living through the depression and despair of loved ones.
  • Help with financial provision when, because of illness, there did not seem to be any way forward.
  • Help with troubled teenagers.
  • Help with……..

Add your own line of testimony in the comments and let’s celebrate God’s faithfulness, today and every day. God who is ever-present, our strength, our shelter, our place of safety, readily to be found, our help in and through times of trouble.

Stop! This time I knew straight away what I would write on the prompt ‘help’ as this image of Psalm 46:1, is one of my favourite scriptures, and is on the Home page of this site.

The Garage Roof….

And for those of you who are curious….It was a nice morning and I had opened the back door to let my boys, at that time, age 2 and 5 play outside in the garden while I cleared up in the kitchen. The garden was secure, a safe place for them to play, or so I thought. My elder son came into the kitchen and said: “Mummy you need to come and see what J is doing?” “Okay, so why, what is he doing?” “No, you need to come and see!”

I was unaware that my husband had left a ladder propped up against the garage wall, after he had been doing some work on the roof. Our hyperactive two-year old had climbed up the ladder and was running around on the flat garage roof. One of those heart-stopping moments and a quick fired prayer! Once I had climbed up the ladder to rescue him, and had in my arms, the next question was how was I going to get us both down again?! Rather than panicking, I believe God helped me to keep calm, and I was able to instruct the five year old to go in the house, upstairs to the bedroom that overlooked the garage, and open a window so I could push the two year old back inside!

Then straight in the car, to the hardware store to buy window locks….I was learning fast!

15 thoughts on “An Ever-Present Help

  1. Help me stand for something
    here in cancer’s fire;
    help that I Your praises sing
    even when I tire
    of the blood and puke and pain,
    of this life, itself;
    help that I in life remain,
    and not stay on the shelf.
    Help my heart that I may give
    encouragement and aid
    to the hurting who yet live
    in prison of ‘afraid’.
    Help me love with out cessation;
    pour me out as Your libation.

  2. Oh wow! What a moment with your two-year-old! I have begged for God’s help in similar situations to many you list. I’ve often been in awe of that verse. The earth giving way, mountains falling, water roaring–those seem like occasions for fear to me! Yet even then, we’re safe in His hands.

  3. You know that emoji with the two wide eyes? I am literally making that face right now. Haha. I’m so glad your son was safe (and that you bought window locks). Yes, God is faithful! I pray we are able to recognize all the times He grabs us off the roof and pushes us through a window.

    Amie, FMF #13

  4. I had to change my IRS filing status (long story not for here). In doing so I was going to owe thousands of dollars. I was devastated. I wasn’t sure how it all was going to work out. As I went to bed in a panic, I heard these words in my mind, “This is an opportunity to trust God.” Those were not my words and I knew it. They brought such peace- I slept like a baby. The next day my daughter remembered something I had forgotten about. Long story short- the IRS ended up owing me money. That was a huge blessing, but it took crying out to God and resting in Him.

  5. My heart was racing while only reading your post! Thanks for sharing your story and your faith. Do you ever wonder if God hears, “Help!” every moment of every day?
    When I was going through a divorce, each morning I sat on my bed, held out my hand, and asked Jesus to hold it. I found help and strength for each trying day. (Karen, FMF #4)

      1. I too experienced a roof type emergency with 2 of my children aged 3 and 4. And my 5 year old daughter caused it to happen to them! But by the grace and goodness of God they were brought back into the house safely too. Jesus is a present help in time of need. Thanks for sharing such blessed truth that forever stands- even in the midst of world chaos.

  6. I do not have my own version of this story and cannot imagine how your heart must have reacted upon the sight. So grateful our God was your help and helped you keep clarity of thought to think it through safely for everyone.

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