I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.- Psalm 31:22
Anne Graham Lotz begins Chapter 10 (“God Stands By: He Hears Your Cry for Help”) of Wounded by God’s People by telling of the time she led a week-long revival only four weeks after major surgery. From a physical standpoint, everything had been going amazingly well. Bolstered by this unexpected blessing, Anne shared what she had been through at the closing service, confidently stating that God could help others in the same way.
The minute the words left Anne’s mouth she began to feel faint. In that moment she silently cried out to Jesus for help. Immediately a cool breeze swept across the stage- and kept blowing. The following day she asked her production manager if he had noticed her queasiness and turned on a fan to help her He responded that no fans existed in such an old building.
Like Hagar, we can be so traumatized by our loss that prayer seems elusive. We sense that we’ve come to the end of the line. Anne asks:
“Have you thrown your wounded heart under a bush of bitterness or unforgiveness, self-pity or self-defense, regret or revenge, resentment or rationalization, fear or frustration? Don’t let your anger harden your heart or cause you to blame God for what happened. Don’t let it prevent you from calling on God. Now.”
Today’s question: How has Jesus responded to your cries for help during your desert, land between time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “When the silence is ours”