There’s a chorus from an old worship song that says, “He’s always there when things go wrong; He’s always there when my hope is gone; He lifts me up when I’m in prayer; He’s never gone when I’m alone, He’s always there.”
I have had six different surgeries in my life, some of them major, all of them difficult to go through and slow to get over. Recently, my wife went through her first surgery, and a major one at that! This time our roles have reversed. She is now the patient and I am the caregiver. Wow, what a difference being on this end of things! I am learning far more as a caregiver than I ever did as a patient.
One of the things is the importance of providing a helping hand (literally). My wife has experienced a lot of weakness during her recovery. An important part of the recovery process is for her to lie down and rest. The difficulty comes when she needs to get up. She doesn’t have the strength to pull herself up, and it’s at these moments that she will call out my name to come and help. She needs the strength of my hand taking a firm, but gentle, hold of hers. Unless I am there to lift her up, she is not able to get up.
What do we do when we find ourselves crushed from the pain of a difficulty in our lives, when the weight of it brings us down, and in our weakness, we realize we do not have the strength to lift ourselves above it? Be assured, there is a Name we can call upon, there is Someone who is near, there is a strong hand reaching out to take hold of ours, and ever so gently, lifting us up to stand again.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6 AMP
‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NKJV