I had lunch with a friend a couple of weeks ago, who told me a moving story that underscores the importance of simply crying out to the Lord in times of trouble.
The friend’s mother was a serial “marry-er”, who was also on a quest for “power”. When he was young she was involved in witchcraft as a means of experiencing more power. He did not know his father at all. At one point he threw out all of his toys, because they were “talking to him” (demonic activity in his room).
His mom did occasionally go to church, so my friend had some awareness of Jesus. At one point sometime before age 8 he was so desperate he cried out “Jesus, SAVE ME!”. He believes that not only did he become a genuine Christian then, but the Lord took that cry for help and did much more.
At age eight his mom took him to a particular church down the street just one time in order to impress her current boyfriend. She did not go back, but he continued to go. After awhile a lady in the church noticed that he was always there by himself, and took him under her wing, picking him up for events, paying for him to go to camp, and more. At age 18, the pastor of the church started mentoring him further. Even though he had no earthly prospects for proper guidance in his life, Jesus provided. Later, God has blessed him further through having his own family and a prosperous business.
In response to my friend’s cry, Jesus saved him on several levels – not only for eternity, but also out of his seemingly impossible circumstances.
For more on the importance of looking to the Lord for help, please see Dealing With Narcissists – Crying Out Seeking God and Dealing With Narcissists – Crying Out Seeking God Continued