Help is just a simple prayer away…

“I felt that if life were to throw me one more ball to juggle, the whole circus tent would come crashing down.”  (Teri McDowell) As seen recently on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.

juggling problemsDo you ever feel like life is just handing you too much to juggle? Have you said to yourself that if you get one more thing on your plate you’ll just crack or crumble? Do you feel sometimes like you’re surrounded by problems and see no way out?

Life can seem to get like that sometimes. Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to those feelings is the fact that many of us try to face problems with the attitude that we can handle all of life’s problems ourselves; that we don’t need any help. Others may take the role of victim in any situation; lamenting “Why me?” Neither of those approaches is headed in the right direction and both can end up leading you into despair or worse – depression.

painted into cornerWhen one is in the midst of juggling a seemingly impossible load of problems it is sometimes hard to see the best way out or any way out, for that matter. Sometimes we make things worse by painting ourselves into a corner from which we can see no way out. Many times the thing that gets into trouble in the first place and causes us to make things worse is our own ego, our belief that we can control things, make things right or somehow work things out by ourselves.

There was good advice in a Beetles song called Let It Be

When I find myself in times of trouble

Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness

She is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

One doesn’t have to be a Catholic or even turn to the Virgin Mary in order to turn to God for help in times of crisishand reaching for heaven or overload. The words in the Beetles song are just another way of saying something that I’ve written about here a few times now – turning to God in prayer and saying “Not my will but thy will be done.”

Offloading your problems onto God and trusting Him to help you find your way through the maze that your life may have become is not giving up; it is not quitting; it is not admitting defeat; it is accepting the fact that you are not in control and trusting the One who is. It is our own egos that get us into most messes; our misplaced belief that we can control things, can solve all problems, can overcome all difficulties or bear any pain. We are told to keep a stiff upper lip; to put on our big-girl panties; bend but never break; and on and on; when what we really need to be reminded of is Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

The first step towards trusting in the Lord is uttering those words – “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Try it. I think you’ll like the results.

Have a great, stress-free day!

3 Responses to Help is just a simple prayer away…

  1. William J Matlack says:

    Norm, awesome!

  2. […] Help is just a simple prayer away… ( […]

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