So why don’t you cry for help? Can’t you see that this situation has you bound down and for an extended period of time? Haven’t you tried everything that your mind could conceive and yet still it isn’t fixed? You have been in it so long that it seems normal, but it isn’t. The abnormal has become normal, and for some they have settled in it, but things are eroding under the surface. Others just can’t cope, as they struggle every day to keep things afloat. The situation has them under water, with dark clouds still looming.

As you continue to stay silent and suffer you ask yourself, “when will things improve”? Sometimes you think, why wouldn’t someone just look at me and see what’s going on, and extend themselves? Wishful thinking I say! We must be reminded that “most times in life things don’t come to us, but we are to go to things”.

Instead of being drowned, arise my friend, I say arise, and take steps to live. Don’t expect a life raft to be thrown, but instead, God expects you to learn to swim. Most persons don’t learn to swim without someone teaching them. This is because there are things happening unknown to them under the water which they cannot see, but someone else knows the technique for. Someone else has the experience and knowledge of how to swim and weather the storm, but you wouldn’t reach out to them. WHY WOULDN’T YOU CRY FOR HELP?

The right person is already planted in your life for such a time as this, JUST DO A 360 DEGREE SPIN AND SEE. It might be an obvious person, or it might not, but there is a person. For the Heavenly Father never leaves us alone. Even if you feel there is no one available (and trust me that is only a feeling), the ultimate helper in the form of the Holy Spirit is right there with you.

It’s time to stop crying in your car, or your bed, and start crying unto the Lord. Cry unto the Lord I say, cry! You might ask, “Why must I cry unto the Lord so much”? Has he forgotten that I am his child? To answer this question, allow me to give an example with my daughter Maya.

I was teaching Maya how to ride a bike when she was about 7 years old. During a practice session my back was turned, while giving my other daughter some tips with her bike. Then suddenly, I heard a loud crash and Maya screaming out daddy, daddy! In an instant, I spun around and ran to her with great speed and desire to help and heal the situation. In that instance, I found out what traveling at supersonic speed was like. Thank God Maya was ok, but in that moment, I got my first taste of how a father feels when they hear a deep cry from their child. I can attest firsthand, that this cry affects you differently from other cries. This type of cry reaches the soul of the hearer.

Now this is a good time for me to introduce some scriptures:

Judges 3:9 – “When the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the sons of Israel to deliver them …”.

1 Chronicles 5:20 – “They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him”.

Psalm 34:6 – This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him. And saved him out of all his troubles.

2 Chronicles 14:11 – “Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”

Yes, my friend, when we cry, God sends a deliverer. In the heat of our battle when we cry and trust Him, the multitude of our enemies are given into our hands. Even though we are without strength or poor, and we cry unto God, He delivers us with His strength.

Dear reader, I would like to single out two things in this blog. Firstly, stop crying in isolation and start to redirect your cares and concerns towards the Lord in prayer, for the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Secondly, so many of us are being worn down into sand, or might I say dust, by the crucibles of life and not asking for help or reaching out to others. Why suffer and dwindle away in a situation  and not even stretch out your arm for assistance? Isn’t this behavior unwise to say the least?

All of us must realize when something isn’t working. I want to say that again, “everyone must realize when something isn’t working”. Once your eyes are open to this realization, then the onus is on you to take a different approach to improving the situation. And an alternative approach which is seldom or lastly used, is to open up yourself, share and be vulnerable to another person who has the ability to help.

Don’t hurt yourself, by not helping yourself. Take up the phone to call someone and let them know what is going on with you. And on the flip side, if things are well with you, take up the phone and extend a helping hand to someone in need.

I close by leaving you with two wonderful songs by Donna Marie & Carrol Roberson (“Call on Him”) and George Nooks (“I Must Tell Jesus”)

PS: Dane Miller was last seen making a phone call to extend his hand to help a brother or sister in the Lord.

Your Brother in the Lord,

Dane Miller – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”

Authored Book What is the Woman Saying – Lessons from Biblical Women.

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