by David Sitzes
Marshall Ministerial Alliance
Nowadays, almost everyone that you see out and about has a cell phone in their hands or in their pockets. In some ways that is a good thing, and in some ways not so good.
The not so good is when you’re driving and using it or when you’re around power equipment and using it. Even when you’re using a phone while walking down the street — not paying any attention to where you’re going could turn into something bad. But they are good to have around when you’re in trouble, like if your automobile breaks down or someone around you is having a health problem and needs immediate attention. Some of you may not be old enough to remember the time before cell phones. But I do. In fact, I remember way back when your phone was on the wall and was one of many on the same line. They were called ‘Party Lines.’ If you broke down on the road, you hoped someone would come by and be kind enough to help you, or you just had to walk to the nearest house and hope someone was there and would let you use their phone to call for help. Awww, the good old days, Right?
But it is nice nowadays to be able to call for help in a moment’s notice. And it always seems like you need it in one way or another. There is another way to call for help. It is the International Distress Signal, “Mayday.” It is always repeated three times in a row — Mayday, Mayday, Mayday — so the situation will be clearly understood as a life-threatening emergency. The word was created in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford, who was a senior radio officer at London’s Croydon Airport. That now-closed facility once had many flights to and from Le Bourget Airport in Paris. According to the National Maritime Museum, Mockford coined “Mayday” from the French word ‘m’aidez’, which means, “help me.”
I’m sure there have been times in your life that you really needed help — maybe right now — and times that you have been able to help someone else. But of course there is always another way that we can call for help, and that is God. He is always there when we need him. His phone line is always open and never loses signal or dies, never a busy signal, never put on hold, never needs to be charged, and he is always ready to help. All we have to do is call on him.
He has helped people throughout the whole Bible. Men and women alike have called upon him, and he has always answered them. Men and women like Noah and his family, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Lot, Hagar and her son Ishmael, Jacob, Rachel, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Ruth, Samuel, Daniel, and the list goes on and on. And then there’s the man who was after God’s own heart, David. God watched over and helped David from his very young age when he took on and defeated the giant, Goliath, because he was making fun of David’s God. As David got older, he became king of Israel.
Throughout King David’s life, he faced many life-threatening situations for which there seemed to be no way out. Yet we read in Psalm 86 that during his darkest hours, David’s confidence was in the Lord.
“You are my God, so be merciful to me. I pray to you all day long. Make your servant glad O Lord because my prayers go up to You. You are good to us and forgiving, full of constant love for all who pray to You. Listen Lord to my prayer, hear my cries for help. I call to You in times of trouble because You answer my prayers” (Psalm 86: 3-7). “Teach me Lord what You want me to do and I will obey You faithfully. Teach me to serve You with complete devotion. I will praise You with all my heart O Lord my God, I will proclaim Your greatness forever” (Psalm 86: 11 and 12). When the crisis was past, he wanted to keep walking with God.
And God still helps people everywhere today. Sometimes the hardest and most difficult situations we face can become doorways to a deeper relationship with our Lord. This begins when we call on him to help us in our troubles and also to lead us each day in his way, not ours.
So from here on out if you have a problem or situation of any kind, just call God on his hotline. He’s always there and always willing to help in any way. That’s just how much he loves you, and he would just love to have a deeper relationship with you. Go ahead, give him a call right now. He’s waiting! ‘Maranatha’