Help Along the Way

“Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8)

One Friday afternoon Bill and I stepped inside an elevator, the door closed, the ascent began, and slam! We were jerked off our feet with a jolt as the interior lighting vanished. Neither the alarm, call button, or emergency lights worked; everything inside and outside the elevator became deathly quiet. We banged on the door and hollered loudly. Nothing. We were stuck inside this dark box going nowhere fast

We quickly fumbled for our phones, hit the flashlight, and as Bill attempted to reach the front desk I dialed 911. Within a few seconds an operator responded. I told her my name, gave her the address of the building, and listened intently to her instructions. For a long while she kept me on the line and kept repeating this phrase in a calm, soothing tone: “Help is on the way.”

Eventually her promise materialized. Twenty minutes into this ordeal, three cheerful firefighters projected their booming voices into our dark cell, pried the metallic door open, reached down, and hoisted us up and out into the sunlight.

Long after the incident was over, and we had shared the details with our children along with a grateful chuckle that it had all worked out remarkably well, the 911 operator’s phrase caught my full attention.

Down through the ages I imagined a similar refrain was shared from the heavens. After Adam and Eve reaped the consequence of their sin in the garden, God laid out his redemptive plan and made it clear to them that help is on the way.

When the Israelites rebelled against God, were attacked by their enemies, and dragged off into captivity or punished severely for their disobedience, the judges of old were sent to rescue them. With each cycle it was as if God declared to his people that help is on the way.

The prophets of old, the ones with lengthy books and those with far slimmer pages assigned to them, announced to the world in various ways, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Don’t despair. Help is on the way.

John the Baptist was described by Isaiah the prophet this way: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Luke 3:4). Help is on the way.

The angels on the hillside in Bethlehem proclaimed to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Just as God promised you, help is on the way.

Every time we are muddled, fearful, or struggling to figure out how to make sense of it all, the Scriptures are God’s clear mandate that, “Help is on the way.” God gives us wisdom from his Word, guidance through the Holy Spirit, and power by the Lord Jesus Christ who rescues and saves and redeems and comforts and comes alongside to help us in more ways that we might ever imagine.

The Lord was, is and always will be the supreme Help that is on our side and on the way to us, right where we are, no matter what we face.

 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped” (Psalm 28:7).

Elizabeth A Mitchell

Photo Credit: Nathan Cowley on Pexels

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  1. Judy

    Help is on the way….a precious reminder this day and such a comfort. Thank you , Elizabeth!

    • Elizabeth Mitchell

      You are so welcome my friend.


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