I was driving home this evening from Joseph, Oregon from hunting, and when I got to where 205 joins I-5 the traffic was all stopped, totally, all lanes. I was on the ramp about 100 yards before it joined I-5 which gave me a little elevation so I could see down on the Freeway, and what I saw was about 5 big pigs running around through the cars and a guy with a rope chasing them. Pulled off on the side of the road was a pick-up with a stock trailer and the gate in the back was open. I guess what must have happened is the gate opened while he was driving, and his load of pigs jumped out. The traffic was heavy so he must have been going slow enough so that the pigs didn’t get hurt. They looked plenty healthy as they outran the guy with the rope. People started getting out of their cars to help the guy round up his pigs. They were pretty big pigs so I don’t imagine getting them back into that trailer was going to be very easy. I was in the inside lane which started to move, the only one that was so I didn’t get to see how the pig rodeo turned out. I am hoping someone got their handy dandy cell phone out and videoed it and will put it on Facebook.
So, let’s pretend a group of us are having coffee together and someone shares the most embarrassing experience of their life and we all join in telling our stories, each of us thinking that our experience was the best, or I guess worst is a better word. If the pig farmer on the Freeway was in our group I bet nobody would top his story, and we might even think that he was making it up, but nobody could make up a story like that!
If the dude chasing the pigs was a very committed Christian, he loved Jesus with all of his heart, what is going through his mind as he runs between the cars on I-5, apologizing to each one as he runs by. He will probably be praying a simple prayer, ”please Jesus, help me!” Did you know that ”help me” or the equivalent, is the most often prayed prayer in the Bible. When we pray that simple prayer we are declaring our faith that God is there, that He sees, that He hears, that He cares, and that He could send a bunch of angels to round the pigs up and get them into the trailer. I imagine that as David was running up to take on Goliath that he was praying, ”please help me Lord, please!” I lost control of my car once driving on I-84 towards Hood River on black ice, and as my car went around and around in circles while going 60 mph down the freeway, I yelled out, ”help me, Lord!”
Matthew 14:28-31 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him,
Some people are critical of Peter because he sank instead of walking successfully on the water, but he is the only one who got out of the boat, he was the only one who took the risk, and he did take some steps, and when he started to sink he knew what to do.
Psalms 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward You.
Psalms 30:10-11 “Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me;
O Lord, be my helper.” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
Psalms 40:12-13 For evils beyond number have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; They are more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my heart has failed me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; Make haste, O Lord, to help me.
Psalms 70:5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.
Praying and asking God for help is not a sign of weakness but of strength. He is my strength and the basic principle is, “the more I ask, the more I receive.” The basic message of the Bible is “God loves to help those who depend on Him, who cry out to Him, whose battle cry in life is, “apart from You, Lord, I can do nothing, but I can do anything by Your strength!”