I am not sure there is a worse feeling.
In February, I did a month of courage related posts, in anticipation of the release of Highland Courage. All of us would like to believe that if faced with some some horrible circumstance, we would do what we could to change it. If you saw a car speeding toward your child, or anyone’s child, I firmly believe most most of us would do whatever they could to try and save the child.
I believe humans are hard-wired for action. If there is a problem we want to do something. Even if we are too far away to help physically, we want to donate money, goods or services. At our deepest levels I believe we need to help. To do.
For that reason, we find it overwhelming when there is absolutely nothing that can be done, when we are helpless.
My heart broke today when I read about the last cell phone messages sent to loved ones from people on the Korean ferry that sank. I imagined receiving a text from one of my children. Mom, I’m trapped. I don’t know if I’ll make it. The utter helplessness of being perhaps hundreds of miles away, knowing that your child may be facing death and not being able to do anything must have been devastating.
People face helplessness every day. Perhaps they have a child with an incurable disease. Perhaps they must look on as a loved one self-destructs, with no power to act. No matter the reason, by virtue of being humans innately programmed to do, we will never be able to face helplessness with ease.
At times like this, I can only turn to God. My thoughts and prayers today are with those Korean families, and everyone else who find themselves feeling that kind of devastating helpless.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.