“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?” My help comes from the Lord. the maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalms 121:1-2 CEB
Throughout our lives, we have been conditioned to become self-sustaining. We learn how to do chores so we don’t need anyone to clean up after us. We learn how to cook so that we don’t have to depend on others to feed us. Our entire education system is designed to prepare us to go to work or go to college so that we can get a job.
We are so focused on independence that it’s hard for us to ask for help when we need it. We will try everything we know how to do first. Then if it’s really bad we will ask for help before it gets too late. Then we feel guilty that we had to ask for help to get the job done. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Mental illness is a serious problem in our culture. We don’t like to talk about it. We think that it is a weakness instead of what it actually is a disease. In this work, work, society we leave little time to actually cope with life’s issues. We self-medicate, and we internalize our pain. Instead of getting better we spiral in a cycle of depression and addiction. It does not have to be this way. There is help in the hands of God.
We don’t have to fix everything. We don’t have to face life’s problems alone. It is ok to seek help. We have a God that has unlimited resources available to us. He is there to guide us to that right scripture, program, or individual that was prepared just for us to help us cope. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He created us and He knows what is needed to help us live the best life. So when life starts to get hard, stop and breathe. Then center your self and pray. God is there to help us. It’s time we become more reliant on our Faith in God. He wants to be included in our decisions. He wants to help us reach to goals we set. Just remember that when you feel down to look up to the hills. Help is readily available. The One who gave us life is there to help us and to mend our brokeness.