I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Life Alert commercials. You know, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”?
Those commercials crack me up! Not because an old person has fallen. Geez, I’m not that cruel! It’s because of the cheesy acting. There’s one extremely expressionless, monotone man, who looks to be dang near one hundred himself, who says “Life Alert really saved my mother in law’s life that day.” He either married someone lots younger, or his mother in law is one hundred fifty years old! Whatever the case, he seriously looks as if he’s trying his hardest not to cry. He looks as though if he shows any emotion at all, people will know he’s at his wits end; as if to say exactly what Steve piped up and said. “Dang you Life Alert! Dang you! We were almost rid of her and she just HAD to push that button!” The crazy, psychotic look in his eyes has you wondering if he might bust up in the Life Alert headquarters and go postal!
I’m sure most of us have had situations in our lives that we wished would just go away. I know I have. That thing that you’ve prayed, and prayed, and prayed about for God to take care of, and there seems to be no relief in sight. Or you THINK you see the light at the end of the tunnel and BAM! you get hit by the train. One step forward and two steps back. Yep. I’ve been there!
I believe, and I could be wrong, that God sometimes allows us to be ‘stuck’ in situations until we’re fully dependent on Him. Until we finally say “Ok! Ok! I give up! I’m at my wits end! I’ve done all I can do! Take it!” In other words, when we quit trying to fix situations, or people in our own strength. When we get out of the way and let God do what He does best..fix things in His time, and in the best, right way.
Sometimes, it’s best to back up and back off, pray really hard, and trust God enough to know that He always knows, and wants what’s best for us. If you don’t trust Him, you’ll find yourself at your wits end, like the man in the Life Alert commercial, screaming ” Dang it! I was almost out! I thought this was almost over! Dang it!”And the next thing you know, you’ve got that crazy, psychotic look in your eyes and you’re off to ‘postal’ la-la land. Hopefully it’s not your mother in law you’re wanting rid of, but you get the picture. With God, we have a built in Life Alert button. Press it before you’re at your wits end!
And then there are the sailors sailing the seven seas, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observe the power of God in action. He calls to the storm winds; the waves rise high. Their ships are tossed to the heavens and sink again to the depths; the sailors cringe in terror. They reel and stagger like drunkards and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and he saves them. He calms the storm and stills the waves. What a blessing is that stillness as he brings them safely into harbor! Psalm 107: 23-30