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When husband John and I were shopping in a large department store recently, I looked around to see if I could find someone to help us. John wanted a certain type of men’s denim pants, but all we could find were classic jeans. We needed someone to point us in the right direction. But no help was to be seen. John finally headed out to another department. When he returned, he said he had talked to a sales clerk, but the guy didn’t know about any such pants either.
I long for the days when sales folks in department stores greeted people and asked what they could help them find. By golly, they were even willing to stand outside dressing rooms, returning clothes that didn’t work for us and returning with other possibilities. Do you remember those days?
Maybe we need to find something or we need someone to put away Christmas decorations, or to perform some other kind of needed task. Maybe we need help for a health problem. Maybe we even need help for a spiritual matter. We as Christians still have many problems in this world.
Where do we find help? Psalm 46:1 tells us that God is a “very present help in trouble.” God’s not off in some other department when we need Him. He is available and ready to help, standing right by our sides.
Similarly, the writer of Psalm 121 asks, “I will lift my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?” And then he answers, “My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth…He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (1-3).
Does it sound silly for someone to pray to find a pair of pants? Why? God cares about every aspect of our lives. Sometimes He sends the right person to give us what we need, and sometimes He gives us the patience, strength or wisdom to solve our own problems. (We left the store with two pairs of the kind of pants John wanted!)
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.