I’ll never forget the day when I had to call the paramedics for my mom. She had a terrible fall several years ago – gashing her forehead and finding herself deeply confused and disoriented.
It was the beginning of one of the most difficult and scary seasons of our lives. (I thank God and marvel to this day that she is still with us and doing so well.)
But God gave me a powerful reminder that specific day that I would need throughout the coming months. Wisdom I still think of to this day. Hope directly connected to what happens when you call 911 during an emergency.
They keep you talking. Until they know help has reached you, the EMS dispatchers keep the conversation going. Not only does this help them assess the situation, but it also helps keep you focused and calm.
And this is what we need to do when life hits like an emergency.
We need to keep talking.
1 – Keep talking to God. Pouring out our prayers. Pouring out our hearts. Pouring out every thought, fear, and emotion.
2 – Keep talking to wise, godly people. Talking to people who have been where we are. Talking to the ones we know will always point us back to hope. Talking openly and honestly to someone we know we can trust.
3 – Keep talking to ourselves. Preaching truth to our own hearts. Speaking Scripture out loud so our ears can hear it and our souls can receive it. Getting loud if we have to so we can drown out the voice of the Enemy.
We need to keep talking while help is coming. Because it is. Help is coming.
I could not SEE that help was on its way that day with my mom. But it was. As soon as I asked for it, things were set in motion to release the help we needed. The ambulance was already set up and ready to go. We just needed to call.
And oh, friend… I know you can’t see it yet, but as soon as you cried out to God, things were set in motion. The provision He already had ready was sent on its way. I can’t promise you it will show up exactly how you want or as early as you want. I can’t even promise it will look like what you’re expecting. But help is coming.
And those sirens on an ambulance? They don’t just signal for people to get out of the way because there is an emergency. They let the person waiting know help is almost there.
So this is what I’m praying for you today… that you’ll keep talking. That you’ll trust help is coming. And that your ears will catch the sound of the hope headed your way.
If you haven’t heard TobyMac’s new song “Help Is On the Way,” I’ll link to it here. Listening to this song is what inspired me to finally sit down and write this post that has been stirring in my heart for years.
I’m not saying any of this will be easy or pain-free. We still had to walk through the hard not only of that day with my mom, but the many days that came afterwards. But He provided for us and helped us during that season in ways that still humble and amaze me. Even in the midst of our pain, God is good. And we can rest assured in the knowledge that He is a God of provision. A God who loves us.
Wherever you are crying out from today, He sees you. He hears you. And He knows how to best help you.
Keep hanging on, friend. Keep talking. His help is on the way.