I was sipping my morning coffee when my phone beeped. I looked down at the screen and saw an email had come in: “Cindy, this is God, can I help you?”
Wouldn’t that just blow your mind if God sent you a personal message on your phone? So, I’m going to confess that it wasn’t God who sent me that message but a business who genuinely wanted to help me. But it caused me to think about what I would do if God sent me that text?
I am going to ask you the same question – What do you need God to help you with? Are you willing to ask God for his help, or do you like to handle your problems on your own?
I tend to be a person who doesn’t ask for help. I’m a strong, independent, stubborn “I can do it myself” kind of girl.
After many years, my pride caught up with me and came to a build-up of depression and anxiety. My motherhood responsibilities were too much for one woman to handle. My husband worked out of town five days a week, and I had five young children. One of them woke many times a night due to autism and I was burnt out and exhausted.
I had lost all my happiness and was bogged down in depression and anxiety.
A girlfriend of mine, Dawn, invited me out to a ladies night at a local church. After the guest speaker spoke, she said she wanted to go around the room praying for each woman. I stood in my row. Sadness had filled my soul as I was praying to God and waiting for her to come to pray for me.
Finally, she stood in front of me and said, “Cindy what would you like me to pray for you?” Heaviness was surrounding me and tears streamed down my face. “I want to be filled with joy!”
The speaker put her hands on my head, and she prayed, “God, please fill Cindy with joy!”
I wish I could tell you I skipped out of there and a rainbow burst through the clouds, and I walked in the front door of my house like Pollyanna and also sang a joyful noise unto the Lord. It wasn’t like that at all. I went on to lack joy for many more years.
But after that night I began to pray, asking God for help. I daily sat at his feet telling him my cares and unloading all my worries on him. Many of the days I spent with him was stormy days. I was spouting off all the things he should change in my life and would tell him to, “Hurry up!”
God is very patient and gracious even when we aren’t the same towards him.
Over time God began to send me help. He slowly took many of my responsibilities and gave them to other people. I began to sleep, and my body started to heal along with my mind. My anger towards God started to dissipate, and he began to pick flowers for me every day and handed them to me.
My relationship with God changed, and I began to trust him to take care of me. I stopped demanding he help me, and started praising him for whatever he gave me.
I had formerly had a, “ME, ME, ME” attitude and switched it “YOU, YOU, YOU” focusing on loving God no matter what (good or bad) was in my life.
God wanted me to ask for his help. He desired to carry my burdens. Waiting for me to swallow my pride and stubbornness was crucial. He is a gentleman and waits patiently for a mother and wife to say, “Help me, I can’t do this on my own!”
Has God fixed all my problems? No! I still have some I wish he would whisk away. My son Kyle is twenty-nine and has severe autism. Last night he paced his room all night as his bipolar spell caused him tremendous anxiety. Now, I leave Kyle in God’s hands and pray. I also praise God even though life isn’t perfect. I have learned to trust God with my child and his plans for Kyle’s life.
Trusting God for the outcome is crucial when asking him for help.
Are you struggling right now with something in your life that is causing you worry, sadness or strife? Have you become tired of trying to fix it on your own? If God sent you a text right now, “This is God, can I help you?” would you be willing to give him all your worries, burdens and plans, and let him take care of them?
Can you trust God and know he wants what’s best for you, your spouse and your children?
Take some time today to sit at Jesus’ feet and give him your cares. He wants to provide you with peace, joy and happiness, no matter what your life looks like.
Jesus desires to help you, ask him today, and leave your life in his capable hands💗