How God Saves Me When I’m Feeling Helpless

I came across this verse in my Bible not too long ago:

“The Lord guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and He saved me.” (Psalm 116:6)

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These lines were starred, with one of my daughters’ names written in the margin. Apparently, I had noticed the verse before.

This day, troubled as I was with all sorts of petty issues, my first inclination was to breathe a sigh of relief as I read these words. Right about then, I was so very glad that God was guarding my children as they try to learn difficult concepts and absorb new material at school.

And yet, as I considered the timeliness of finding that specific verse in the middle of my reading for that very day, another thought flitted through my still-anxious brain.

My children are not the only inexperienced ones here.

For example, I know that parents all over the world have been rearing teenagers successfully for thousands of years, but I’ve never done this thing before. My head swims with the practical, emotional and spiritual ramifications of this task of preparing children for adulthood. What if I miss something? What if I do it all wrong? What if I emphasize this when I should be focusing on that?

And how about those other areas of my life where my confidence is lacking and I’m not sure how to proceed? What if things don’t work out? What if I get rejected or (even worse) ignored? What if I can’t do it anymore? What if I make the wrong choice?

Then the comfort of scripture catches me, mid-fret.

“The Lord guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and He saved me.”

In the grand scheme of things, my worries and struggles are insignificant—even ridiculous at times. I could pretend they don’t exist or try to plow my way through them, but this verse suggests a different approach.

God guards me whether or not I ask Him to—I truly believe that. But something happens in my mind and heart when I scoop up all my fears and concerns and start handing them over to Him, one sorry bit at a time.

Here, Lord. Your Word says I’m supposed to cast all my cares on you, because you care for me. So please take this, and this, and this. Oh yeah, and this too.

As I acknowledge my helplessness before Him—as I lay down every single “what-if” and “how-am-I-going-to-do-that” at His feet—the peace that transcends understanding starts to invade my soul.

I don’t know how this happens. I just know it does.

God may not answer all my questions or show me how everything is going to work out. In fact, He probably won’t—not right now, maybe not ever.

But He does save me—from myself.

He rescues me from my need to know the next 15 steps. From my desire to control the outcome. From my belief that I am the key figure in making this all work.

I might be inexperienced and helpless, but I am not—nor will I ever be—on my own.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Lois Flowers

P.S. I’m linking up this week with Grace & Truth, Angela Parlin at #RaRaLinkup, Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory and Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart.

23 Responses to How God Saves Me When I’m Feeling Helpless

  1. Mp120553 says:

    Having just accepted I have OCD I hope to look back on this. Thanks

  2. Jenn says:

    Lovely post. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Grace & Truth this week!
    God bless!

  3. Ariella says:

    Thank you so much for this good and biblical post. I love it. I learn from it for my own soul. So glad I chooseyour blog to read toaday.

  4. Christi Gee says:

    I am wondering how I have missed this glorious verse all these years! LOVE that you introduced it to me and can’t wait to go read the whole Psalm.

    Oh, sweet sister. I SO get your fears about raising teens. I hope you believe me when I tell you that those worried about doing it right are the ones who usually are 🙂 … and that all the mistakes fade and they remember the good stuff.

    But still, I do remember the anxiety over these unchartered waters and pray for your peace and assurance that even though you are inexperienced in raising teens, God’s guarding your coming and going.

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful!

    Have a glorious weekend!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Christi, I know you understand, and I do believe those encouraging words of yours, both here and when you write them on your blog. You came to mind earlier this week and I prayed for you then … thank you for your prayers today! Blessings, friend!

  5. Hi Lois,
    So often I don’t know what to do or how to pray and I love the verse you highlighted because it’s so comforting! We will make mistakes and go the wrong way and mess things up but I’m so grateful he does save us even when we do!

  6. I love your words today! I’m in the same life stage and full of these emotions, as well. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Joy Lenton says:

    It makes all the difference in the word when we (finally) hand our cares and concerns over to God, doesn’t it? I found myself nodding in recognition with your words, especially these:”As I acknowledge my helplessness before Him—as I lay down every single “what-if” and “how-am-I-going-to-do-that” at His feet—the peace that transcends understanding starts to invade my soul.” because it is so true in my experience too, and such a wonderful gift of grace! Thanks, Lois. Blessed to be your neighbour at Holley’s place. 🙂

    • Lois Flowers says:

      A gift of grace … yes, that’s exactly right, Joy! Instead of scolding us for having the worries in the first place, God floods our souls with peace as we give them over to Him! I love it!

  8. Maybe I want to know too many steps but I don’t need to I just need to Trust God all the way through because He sees it, knows it and understands the way I am to go.
    Lovely reflections Lois.
    God Bless

    • Lois Flowers says:

      You’re right, Ifeoma. This isn’t easy for people like me who always read the end of the book first, but God knows how we’re wired and always gives us plenty of opportunities to practice trusting and waiting! Have a wonderful day!

  9. Yes!!! Something I am LEARNING these years is what you said–“He rescues me from my need to know the next 15 steps. From my desire to control the outcome. From my belief that I am the key figure in making this all work.” It’s not coming to me easily, but I press on. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at #RaRaLinkup today. Love your words!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      I have a feeling I’m going to be enrolled in this continuing education course for the rest of my life, Angela! Aren’t you thankful God is such a patient and longsuffering Teacher? Thank you for your hospitality in hosting the linkup this week!

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever read that version of Psalm 116:6 before. The words “guards” and “inexperienced” really jumped out at me. What a comforting verse it is!

    I can so relate to the feelings you shared, “my need to know the next 15 steps. …desire to control the outcome. …belief that I am the key figure in making this all work.”

    I am reading in Genesis now the account of Sarah and Hagar. I was convicted because too often I think I’ve got it figured out better than God. (I really don’t consciously think that, but I am definitely behaving that way.)

    Thank you for reminding me that the Lord can rescue me, even rescue me from my own thoughts.

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Karen, I know what you mean about behaving like I’ve got it figured out better than God. When I’m praying I sometimes catch myself giving Him a detailed list of everything thing that has to happen in order for me to achieve my goals, as if He needs my help in running the universe! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one … blessings to you today!

  11. Linda Stoll says:

    Hey Lois … this hit home for me, girl –‘Then the comfort of scripture catches me, mid-fret.’

    May the Spirit be super active in our minds as well as our hearts, pulling us back to Himself before we go off on a tangent of worry and what-ifs.

    Blessings to ya’ today!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Yes! I read once that you can only think one thing at a time. It sounds so obvious, but it helps me when I’m feeling anxious … to replace those thoughts with scripture, knowing they both can’t fit! I just have to remember to do it, which, as you point out, is where the activity of the Holy Spirit is so vital. Have a beautiful day, Linda!

  12. Karen Otero says:

    Thank you for this today Lois! This is what I needed to be reminded of this morning.

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