The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.Psalm 145:14Amplified Bible

In August 2012 I ruptured my Achilles tendon in my right leg. I was dancing rather too energetically and all of a sudden my right foot just stopped working! For the next 4 weeks I was in plaster and struggled to get around using crutches. 

The experience taught me a lot about myself and my need to be independent; it also taught me how to ask for help – not something I find easy.  As a result I was amazingly blessed by the smallest things, a lift to church, a cup of tea, a hot meal.

Sometimes unexpected life events blindside us and suddenly we feel overwhelmed; bowed down by whatever has hit us.  We are not being punished or taught a lesson – but we do have the opportunity to reach out to God and be lifted up.  God’s desire is that we allow Him to intervene and demonstrate His love in action, right in the centre of difficult situations.  He’s not asking us to cope and tough it out, He’s reaching out and saying ‘depend on me’. 

Whatever you are dealing with this morning – don’t be afraid to give up your independence and let God’s love and strength uphold you.