Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Shall We Gather At The River"1 (Lyrics)
As I write, I am typing this with one finger at a time, as my left arm is badly hurt and too painful to use. Yes, I was careless and fell down on my left side on my arm. Thank the Lord, the arm wasn't broken, just terribly sore. I have been finding out all week that the Lord helps me to cope with every situation that I find myself in and provides me with someone by my side when I am in need of a helping hand.
Psalm 34:17-19 – The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. (NIV)
Lately, I surely have been crying out to the Lord, and every moment, I know that the Lord hears my cry and works on my arm, healing it. Each day, it is less sore, and yesterday — the Lord's Day — I even sang in the choir with a good friend holding my hymn book and the anthem.
Have you experienced this closeness with the Lord? I look to Him every day. All we need to do is ask the Lord for help and He is at our side comforting and strengthening us through all that we need to do. Never give up! The Lord is with us. Yes, there are days when I can cope well only with His help; I know that He is helping me. I can feel the gentle nudging to move my arm in a certain direction, strengthening the hurt ligament. He also is helping me to type this devotional — one keystroke at a time.
Thank the Lord, for He does deliver us from all our troubles. It is wonderful to have a loving arm waiting to help with our every needy turn. We can look to Him for everything.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your gracious, loving, helping hand. We commit all that happens today into Your loving embrace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.