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Topic: Handout (04/14/11)
TITLE: An Ever Present Help in Trouble
By Janet Richey
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The sign for “help” in American Sign Language is both hands out, one hand pushing the other upwards. I think that there are times throughout our day, everyday, that God is standing there with his hand out, waiting for us to reach up and grab hold of his strength. More often than not, it's in ways we wouldn't expect.
Many years ago, before I met my husband, I was in an engagement that I knew wasn't right. I stayed in it way longer than I should have out of guilt and fear of disappointing not only my fiance', but my parents as well, since the wedding plans were well under way. About that time, I started going back to church after a long hiatus. At the end of service one Sunday, the last song was sung, and I found myself glued to the pew, tears streaming down my face. I was sure that the sermon I just heard was written for me. The pastor came up to me, and after a few words of introduction he said, “Crying is the most natural thing to do in a church”. That day, I made the decision to break up the engagement. That episode was God, in the form of Pastor Noel, reaching his hand out, lifting me up.
Romans 10:21 reads “But concerning Israel he says “All day long I have stretched out my hands to an disobedient and obstinate people.” Aren't we a lot like those stubborn Israelites? We don't deserve it, but in His intoxicating grace God wants to help us, disobedience and all. Besides just asking for his help, we need to open our hearts to receive it, totally trusting in Him.
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