I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. (Prov. 91:14-15, NLT)”
His blood-curdling cries shattered the stillness of the room. My child was in trouble and needed help!
It was our son’s 1st birthday and he’d been standing by the front door anxious for his party to begin. His daddy and I were distracted with decorating, and he was impatient with waiting.
I suppose he wanted to get outside and hurry along any arriving guests. So, while we were busy wrapping he was busy working his way through the metal bars. His tiny body wriggled through just fine, but his head was a different story.
We rushed to his aid and found him standing with his head caught between the bars. There he was — twisting, panicking, and painfully stuck.
We immediately knew he wasn’t in any real danger (praise God!) but from his perspective this was life threatening. He was stuck and certain nothing could free him.
His perspective came from desperation. Ours came from wisdom.
Children have parents for good reason!
We knelt down, offered reassurance, and encouraged him to stop twisting. He was trying to break free by forcefully jerking his head through the bars. Ouch! We showed him to gently bring his body back through, instead.
After we helped him get unstuck, we scooped him up and let him cry tears of relief. Safe and secure, he rested in our embrace.
Lately, I’ve been acting as desperate and stuck as my son was all those years ago. I’ve been banging my head against the pressures of life without stopping to consider the help available to me. I’ve been twisting, panicking, and relying on my own strength and understanding to find the way out.
My perspective has come from desperation. Instead, I need to look to One who is wiser than I am.
Even when we’re grown, we have a Heavenly Father for good reason.
Sometimes we remain stuck because our perspective is self-reliant and desperation-driven.
God tells us to be still in His presence, to trust in His ability, and to find hope in His way.
As soon as the party began, our son quickly forgot (and we giggled) about his “near-death” experience. But through it, God showed me a lesson I’ll never forget:
What circumstances have you feeling stuck? Don’t be afraid. You have a Father right there with you who is eager to help.
- Call out to Him in prayer and petition. (Psalm 18:6)
- Be still in His presence. (Psalm 46:10)
- Trust in His wisdom. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Find hope in His way. (Isaiah 40:31)
He will rescue you and show you the way out from stuck.
I thought I would share a glimpse into that day when our son was stuck. This is would be the desperation-driven moments of panic described above. Obviously, we were not panicked — because we stopped to snap a photo! Hopefully he will forgive us for pausing to notice the lighter (and humorous) side of his plight.