“Help! I need somebody
Help! Not just anybody
Help! You know I need someone
The Beatles were big when I was first learning to knit. “When I was younger so much younger than today...”, my options were few when it came to getting the help I needed. My mother who taught me was basically a knit-and-purl person; her patterns varied little from the basics. And the pictures illustrating the few how-to books I came across were difficult to decipher. There were a lot of patterns at that time that I pushed aside because they contained stitches I couldn't comprehend how to do.
But the world has changed in the last 40 years. Now we have cell phones always at hand, and on them, YouTube videos available that show us how to do stitches that are new to us. If one video doesn't illustrate the process quite as clearly as I'd like, there are five or six more on the same subject that can be tried. They can be viewed multiple times on repeated days until the procedure is firmly planted in one's mind.
A lot has changed in my spiritual life in the last 40 years, as well. I still need help in a myriad of ways on multiple subjects; “And now my life has changed in oh so many ways. My independence seems to vanish in the haze. But ev'ry now and then I feel so insecure, I know that I just need you like I've never done before.”
The “you” in that sentence for me is God. He's the help I turn to these days. I didn't know Him like I do now when I first picked up my knitting needles. I'm so glad He is available to me now, especially on days when knowing how to knit a particular stitch is the least of my problems! He is even more available than my phone, and has personal answers on subjects that matter so much more than anything YouTube can handle. A cancer diagnosis, a rebellious teenager, a troublesome job situation...He has answers and options for them all. I am careful to keep our relationship charged and ready to go so that I am always in a position to hear His voice when He returns my call.
“Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.'”
(Isaiah 58:9 NKJV)