We pick up our story in a hole, neck deep in mud with the ground staring back at you from eye level. The question is: If you feel like you’re all alone, how long before you cry out for help?
As you struggle and squirm and fight, your feet digging deeper into the mud with every small movement, you quickly realize that you will not be getting yourself out of this mess. Wouldn’t it be better if you realized your inability quicker? Think about it.
If you struggle and fight and try by yourself, yet you only get deeper and more stuck before you cry out for help, wouldn’t it just be smarter to cry out right away? What is it about our human nature that keeps us from asking for help first?
Back to the hole. You’ve given up trying by yourself and you take a deep breath, the mud and dirt reacting to your expanding chest as you inhale to project your scream. What’s the word that would come out of your mouth? Would you try to elaborately explain your situation? Would you try to give a list of reasons why someone should come and help you?
You would just scream out. “HEELLLP!!!!”
You would even make it personal: “SOMEBODY, HELP ME!”
No matter what it costs, no matter what it takes, you’ve found yourself in a situation and before you’ve cried out for help you’ve come to two conclusions:
1. You are in a situation that you can’t get yourself out of.
2. You believe that crying out for help will give you hope to get our of your situation. You can be rescued.
The quicker you realize #1, the faster #2 happens.
Don’t lose hope. Cry out for help. Who can help you?
Have you tried everything you can think of? Have you thought about crying out to God? Jesus?
Hope is something nobody can take from you, but you have to give away for it to be lost.
No matter how big the hole, how deep the mud, how long you’ve struggled…you can always cry out for help.
There is a God who hears the cry of the struggling and rescues them.
And gives them life.