The Fi­nal Straw Quiet Mo­ments

Activated - - NEWS - BY ABI MAY ABI MAY IS A FREE­LANCE WRITER, ED­U­CA­TOR, AND HEALTHCARE AD­VO­CATE IN GREAT BRI­TAIN.

“An­swer me speed­ily, O Lord; my spirit fails! … I look to the Lord for help. I wait con­fi­dently for God to save me, and my God will cer­tainly hear me.”— Psalm 143:7; Micah 7:7 NLT

“The straw that breaks the camel’s back” is the fi­nal item in a col­lec­tion of bur­dens or trou­bles, per­haps even a seem­ingly small thing that threat­ens to take you be­yond the point of en­durance. The strain has been build­ing up for a while, and fi­nally you sense that you are about to crum­ble. You can’t stand it any longer.

But you do, or rather you did, oth­er­wise you would not be read­ing this to­day. Look­ing back at those oc­ca­sions when you sur­vived what seemed so ter­ri­ble at the time can be a great en­cour­age­ment. Read­ing the Bi­ble can also be re­as­sur­ing, be­cause it de­scribes the lives of peo­ple who were saved against the odds.

“Help me,” cried the des­per­ate mother on be­half of her daugh­ter, whom Je­sus then healed.

1 “Save us, O God of our sal­va­tion,” cried the peo­ple, and He did,

2 count­less times.

“Heal me, O Lord,” begged the prophet Jeremiah, who, de­spite his

3 many trou­bles, in­clud­ing im­pris­on­ment and worse, lived a long and pro­duc­tive life.

“Have mercy on me,” cried a blind man to Je­sus as He passed. Min­utes later, he re­ceived his sight.

4

“Save me!” was the des­per­ate plea by Si­mon Peter, sink­ing un­der the stormy waves. Je­sus held out His hand, and did just that. Peter later

5 de­clared that “who­ever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

6 He knew all about it. He had been saved in so many ways.

One cen­tral fea­ture of these ex­am­ples is that each per­son, in their own way, called on God to help them.

“Call upon Me in the day of trou­ble,” God tells us, but He doesn’t leave it there; He prom­ises: “I will de­liver you.”

7 So per­haps the best means of sur­viv­ing the fi­nal straw—or any straw, for that mat­ter—is to ask. Help is on hand.

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