Have you ever felt you were in a situation where you needed immediate help? Perhaps you feel you are facing overwhelming odds today. Or maybe you get so afraid that you can't see clearly what to do.
In any case, take heart. Your help is right where you are. Through feeling the presence of God's great love for you, and knowing that He cares for you, you can trust that there are answers, no matter where you find yourself.
The Holy Bible tells us in the book of Psalms that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." It goes on, "Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea" (46:1, 2).
If you find yourself confronted with some earthshaking trouble in your home, in your work, in your education, or anywhere else, you can at once turn to God. You will find the answer He has already provided for you, which conforms to your particular need. God's love surrounds us and gives us right answers and healing.
No one is ever outside this divine help. It is available, even if it seems that we know little or nothing of Him - or if we feel that we are unworthy to approach Him. He is with us, even when we feel we have been hiding in the darkest places of fear and trouble. To find Him, you don't have to go anywhere. It only takes a willingness to turn to Him and listen for His thoughts to find He is already here.
I found this out when I was just beginning to learn about God. I was learning about Him through studying Christian Science, which was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy. It is based on all that Jesus Christ taught of Him. This Science shows how to heal as Jesus did.
One day, I suddenly lost consciousness. When I regained it, I was in great pain. Wanting to be helpful, the people around me offered to call the paramedics for assistance. But I wanted to trust God. Through what I'd learned, I felt God would help me.
It seemed possible for me to turn to God at that very moment, though I still didn't know that much about Him. It just felt right to put my full trust in Him. I asked the people if they would carry me to a telephone and call a Christian Scientist friend of mine. I wanted her to help me pray to God in this situation.
When my friend came on the line, she spoke to me about how near God is to us when we need Him. She told me how much God loves all of us. We are all His children, whom He watches over and cares for as an infinitely powerful Father. He was my help right then.
My friend asked me to pray with her about the fact that God made us in His nature, spiritual and perfect, not material and imperfect. These truths come from a paragraph in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which was written by Mrs. Eddy. They answer the question "What is the scientific statement of being?" (see Pg. 468).
When my friend asked me to pray the words from this paragraph with her, I found I couldn't speak because of the pain. So I listened, and I nodded my head to express that I agreed with the words. By the time she read the last part of the statement, I could speak the words with her. It says, "Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual."
The pain left while we were praying together, and I was free. I felt strong enough to get up and be active again. God had healed me.
Divine healing is available for everyone. Knowing your relation to God is a refuge and shelter, a practical help for you, even in the middle of the most difficult problem. Whenever you pray with sincerity and a willingness to trust God's government in your life, you will find the power of good immediately present. With you. Giving you the answers you need.
There is a river, the streams
whereof shall make glad
the city of God .... God is in
the midst of her; she shall not
be moved: God shall help her,
and that right early.
Psalms 46:4, 5
God can help
in the middle
of the most