My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:2 (NKJV)
January and February were mixed up in Montana this year. After a mild January with little precipitation, we all thought we’d escaped the worst of winter. Then like a visit from the North Pole, a polar vortex descended upon our state, burying both the brave and the not-so-brave in snow.
On one of the milder days, we drove up the mountain valley for work. I let my 18-year-old son drive since I do not like driving in snow (yes, I live in the wrong state!). Coming around the bend in the road, our old minivan with two-wheel drive tires refused to turn and continued straight into the grove of trees. I was thankful to come to such a safe resting spot, not on the edge of a cliff, or worse, down in a ravine. Most comforting was knowing my husband was just 15 minutes behind us in another vehicle, as we had so many supplies to bring that day.
Being the caring country place where we live, every passerby stopped to ask if they could help. Each time, my son hopped out of the car and thanked them with the reply, “My Dad is on the way.” Those with horse-trailers or two-wheel drive must have been quite relieved not to pull us out. When my husband arrived in his four-wheel drive pick-up, he quickly hooked up the tow rope and pulled us back onto the road in less than a minute, and we were on our way again.
But my son’s message stuck with me: “My Dad is on the way.”
We can all say this each day, “My Dad is on the way.” No matter what trial we are facing, whether we are stuck in a snow drift, family troubles, bad choices, illness, mourning, despair…we have the promise from God the Father that He is on the way. He is on the way to rescue us. He is on the way to guide us. He is on the way to forgive us. He is on the way to heal us. He is on the way to comfort us. He is on the way to bring us hope. And He is just a prayer away.
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:1-2 (NKJV)
God might come in the form of a Good Samaritan who tows us out of the snow drift. He might come in the form of a friend who prays for us. He comes in His Word, the Bible, where He guides and comforts us. He comes as the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Most importantly, He comes as Jesus, who rescues, forgives and saves us. And finally, He gives us hope that He is coming again!
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God…
1 Thessalonians 4:16
Today’s TEA CUPP: My friend, Jesus is on the way! He is coming back again. He promises us of His return in the Bible. Revelations tells us exactly what will happen, echoing the prophets from Isaiah to Daniel to Joel. He is coming on the clouds and every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7) and every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10). Until that day comes, keep praying, and God the Father will be right on the way to help you.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
…when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
Mark 8:38 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.