Who Helps the Helper?

Adult daughter with mother in wheelchair enjoy a rose garden

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.—Psalm 28:7 KJV

Women tend to be helpers. They can’t help it. God made them that way. From the foundation of the Earth, their primary job has been to help.

It is a woman’s nature to assist, to nurture, to render care. Even in these days of more “equitable” roles, it is typically the woman who is found feeding the baby at 2 a.m., cheering the young soccer players, counseling the college student by long-distance phone calls, holding a shaky hand in a hospital room, and comforting the bereaved at a funeral.

Helping can be exhausting. The needs of young children, teens, grandchildren, and aging parents can stretch us—women and men both—until we’re ready to snap. And then we find that we need help.

Who helps the helper?

The Lord does. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are vulnerable, He is our shield. When we can no longer trust in our own resources, we can trust in Him.

And we can trust Him before we snap. He is always there, ready to help.

Rejoice in Him, praise His name, and you will find the strength to go on.

Today's Prayer:

Father, I’m worn out. I can’t care for all the people and needs You bring into my life by myself. I need Your strength. Thank You for being my helper and my shield.

Adapted from Strength & Grace, a new publication from Guideposts