When I was four years old, my family took a vacation to Calgary, which included a visit to an amusement park. One of the attractions was an enclosure filled with rainbow-coloured plastic balls. I was so excited to play there-until I jumped in.
The deeper that I sank into the ball pit, the more frightened I became. I cried out for help, terrified that I could be swallowed up forever, but my family only laughed and waved. They assumed that I was shrieking with delight, like the many other children around me.
Eventually, my parents insisted that it was time to go. I couldn’t get out, even though I desperately wanted to be free. Finally, my aunt extended a hand to lift me out. At last! I had been rescued. What a relief!
God doesn’t watch us from a distance, amused by our struggling, or expect us to fend for ourselves. When we feel like we are drowning in troubles, God reaches out to reassure us with faithful help and steadfast love.
Steadfast God, thank you for knowing our deepest need even when we do not have the words to cry out to you. No matter what challenges we face, your love will never let us go. Amen. — KLS