"My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:2)
Psalm 121 is another of those passages that every person of faith should read and memorize. I cannot count the number of times I have sat at a person's bedside and read this psalm. What I appreciate about this psalm is the promise that God "will not slumber...nor sleep." When you are about to be totally helpless, asleep under anesthesia, there is no greater comfort than knowing God will not sleep while you are sleeping.
God has promised to be our "keeper." The Hebrew word "keeper" is the same verb used elsewhere in the psalms as "guard." When we are sleeping, or otherwise helpless, God will guard us, and protect us. As the New Interpreter's Bible commentary affirms, "God is always in a position to help." We simply need to place our trust in the God who wants to help.
Today, ponder the moments in your life when you were helpless. Your helplessness could have been surgery. It might have been a financial struggle beyond your control. Perhaps you have a child who suffers with an illness. Feelings of helplessness are not unique to you. They are part of the human condition. No matter how hard we attempt to avoid that reality, we are all destined to experience helplessness at different points in our lives.
Pray to God today for trust. The moments of helplessness become easier to bear, when we realize that our helplessness is not hopelessness. While we are helpless, God is all powerful, and that is our hope. Consider the ways you have been helpless in life, and thank God for keeping you safe and guarding your live. Even if you didn't ask, or even know God was there, God guarded your life. God will continue to guard your life, now and for all eternity. Praise be the name of the Lord.