Psalm 40:17 - But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.
It can be normal to ask for help. When you are in your work environment it is common for fellow employees to be a sounding board for your work and even help you with an assignment.
However, there are other times that receiving help can almost seem impossible to do. I’m speaking of those who suffer from emotional pain and mental illness.
Maybe we don’t want to look needy.
Maybe we don’t want to look helpless.
Maybe we’re afraid of rejection.
Maybe we don’t want to look like a failure to others.
But we don’t have to feel that way. Everyone has a bad day now and then when things don’t go right and we’ve come to the end of ourselves; especially, if we battle emotional pain.
Sometimes we don’t ask for help because things have turned messy in the past when we have or maybe we’ve felt guilty for needing that help.
What happens, though, when we just try to make it on our own? Our lives can fall down like a row of dominos with one thing after another knocking us down. And it can make us feel weak.
So how do I have the courage to ask for help when I already feel weak and like a failure? Huffingtonpost.com has an excellent article titled, “6 Reasons Why People With Mental Illness Are Strong, Not Weak,” such as you’ve had to carry your intense emotions, other people’s emotions, and perhaps the world on your shoulders as well.
Learning that we’re actually strong when we are weak can strengthen all areas of our lives not just when we need to ask for help. God sees us and though we may wonder if he sees us as weak, understand that God is a deliverer and will help us as we begin to walk in a way that strengthens our inner being.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.