The Jam

Sunday, February 28, 2021
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Hebrews 13:6 – So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (NIV)

One is three-and-a-half, the other one is one-and-a-half, and they certainly know how to get themselves into a jam. Every day, I hear those little voices calling out, "Grammy, Grammy, come help." One has climbed from the floor to the chair, to the table, to the window ledge, and now can't get back down. The other one has used the toilet and now can't get her tights pulled back up properly, as they are all twisted. Or perhaps they have decided to upend every toy bag and box in the play area and are now totally overwhelmed with the pick-up job ahead. Their list of "I need help, Grammy" is endless.

Sometimes, I drop what I am doing and run to the "I need help" situation. Other times, I holler that I am coming. Still other times, I tell them, "You got yourself into this jam. Now you need to think about how to get yourself out of it." Whatever the case, though, I am always available as their helper, and they are both quite confident of that — a fact that allows them to feel safe even amidst a jam.

Likewise, as God's children, we, too, can rest assured that God is always with us to help us as we need it. Sometimes, He swiftly comes to our aid. Other times, He makes us wait awhile. And there are still other times when, though He is standing by overseeing our safety, He wants us to figure it out for ourselves.

What a wonderful truth — one for which each of us can be thankful, and one which we can tightly embrace, close to our hearts.

Today, if you find yourself in a jam — be it of your own making or someone else's — rest easy. Call out to the Lord for His help and know, with confidence, that He is coming, one way or another.

Prayer: Lord God, we thank You so much that we can say with confidence, "You are my helper; I will not be afraid, no matter what jam I may find myself to be in." In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    PERFECT, Lynne!

    Great illustration, Lynne. Blessings.

    Thanks for your great daily thoughts.

    Good, pertinent application, Lynn. Well put!

    Great analogy, Lynne. Thanks, and blessings.

    Thank you. The comforting reminder for me is needed.

    Amen Lynne, It’s a Presence I count on every step of the way!

    Lynne, enjoyed your story this morning! So glad our Heavenly Father is there to help when we get in a jam!

    Thank you, Lynne, for your devotions. I find them encouraging and instructive, keep up the good work for Christ’s sake. God bless you and yours.

    Thanks, Lynne! From your 4-legged friends to your 2-legged loves, you are blessed with many stories. I look forward to a plethora of lessons from beautiful B.C.

    Thanks, Lynne.
    You must be a very busy Grammy! We are so privileged to be able to call on the Lord for His help.
    Thanks again for writing.

    Dear Lynne
    I always look forward to your devotionals. I love to read how you take everyday situations and teach us from them. God bless you and your family.

    Love your insights. What a great analogy. Thank you. I pray for you and a couple other of the PresbyCan devotional writers by name every week. I pray for the others too, but there are three of you that just always seem to write what I need to hear from God that day. So thanks!

    Dear Lynne,
    My first thought as I read your devotion was, how much we adults are like children; and God is so faithful to help, or to guide us toward a solution. What comfort we have knowing that wherever God is in the helping process, He always hears: “I need help.” Enjoy your many blessings.

    How generous and beautiful you are in Jesus, in the Lord God of Israel!!!!
    How wonderful the Holy Spirit is to accurately guide you to write the “Jam”, so applicable to Believers. Sometimes my heart aches to be with them all in heaven, and we know there’s still work to be done to help those still lost.
    Thanks Lynne, in Jesus your yoke is joyful.

    Dear Lynne
    Thank you for today’s devotional. It is so true the Lord is always there standing by to help us and to watch over us as we work our way out of so many jams that we get ourselves into because we did not first consult the Lord before we took action.
    May your grandchildren continue to be a blessing to you.

    Good morning Lynne,
    Oh, how I can relate with you to be responding to those little voices of “help me” as I babysit a lot too. Those little ones have great confidence in receiving ” help” when they find themselves in a “jam” and we too, with our faith, know our Lord is ever there and ready to help us when we call on Him.
    Thank you for the special writings you do. I always look forward to them.

    Dear Lynne,
    I think your grandchildren get their energy and curiosity from you. Thank you for the great parallel with how you support your grandchildren and God supports us. Our faith helps us through many “jams” and once I understood that sometimes God’s answer is “no”, my confidence grew that God does always hear me but chooses that time not to rescue me.
    May you continue to enjoy God and your grandchildren.

    I had two identical situations which I prayed about.
    The first time I was given an idea, very simple way of resolving the Situation.
    When a similar situation occurred a year later, I tried that solution but this time, nothing.
    Instead, he sent me two people who worked together to solve it.
    It sometimes starts to re-appear. But the second person knows what to do and does it.
    Why I am not sure?
    Makes me think of how you interacted with your granddaughters. Now I am pondering God’s reason for diverse actions in this situation.

    Good morning Lynne. I am most often amazed by the timing and subject of daily devotionals that land in my email inbox.
    My son, who lives an hour from me, does not drive so he takes the bus to work. He started a new job this morning. Last week we carefully checked out the bus route and got him ready to make his maiden voyage this morning.
    The phone rings at 6:45am. No bus. Dad, what do I do. Of course, I went to the bus line website to discover the bus route we mapped out does not even appear on the schedule today. What is going on? Well, it just so happens that this bus route is primarily for college students, but this route does not run when school is out for March break.
    We needed an immediate solution! He got a taxi and arrived at work on time. Close call, especially on day one.
    The problem now is for the rest of the week. I have a few possible solutions trotting around in my head, but I have asked God to help me find the best solution involving the least travel. That has yet to come to me, but I know God is faithful. He will help us figure this one out.
    I so appreciate all of your posts. I enjoy them always.

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