Can I help you with something?

There have been times when I’m with someone in a shopping mall that I leave them and go for a short walk while they shop. I’ve drifted into stores to look around and inevitably have been asked by a store employee if there’s something they can do to help me.

Depending on my attitude that day or the clerk’s attitude I might feel a whole range of emotions with this encounter. Sometimes I’m playful and kid around with them, other times I avoid eye contact with them from the moment I enter the store and still other times I feel like I’m trespassing.

When people have shared some of the difficult things they’re going through I’ve had to learn how to respond. I want to help them but, it isn’t always readily apparent what they need. Oh sure, I can diagnose the need through my own filter, but, I’m learning that really hearing what that person is saying demands intentional listening.

Many times it is enough just to be someone they trust enough to say out loud what’s going on their hearts without offering advice. So, I’ll sometimes ask, “Are you asking for advice or just need someone to hear you out?” That usually takes the awkwardness out of the moment.

God understands you. He hears the unspoken cries of your heart. He knows exactly what you need and is able to supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. He is an ever present help in our time of need. Ask for help.

Matthew 6:8b Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

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