Anchor Holds copyWhat do you do when you are deeply troubled? Who do you turn to in your time of need? Do you have a set of friends or family that can help you through anything that comes your way? I mean anything? Many times we have certain people we turn to for certain things. If we are having problems in our relationships, we find friends that know our story, know our history, even know our particular relationship. They are the ones we turn to for guidance and advice. If we are struggling with finances, we will have another person or group which we ask for help. Many times they are not the same people.

First Samuel begins with Hannah, one of two wives to Elkanah. Hannah was struggling. She could not have a child while the other wife had no such problem. She was picked on mercilessly by the other wife every time they went to worship, so much so that she could not eat. This went on for quite some time, until Hannah couldn’t take it anymore. Who could she turn to? Who was her help in this time of need? She turned to the Lord, in prayer. She prayer so fervently that the priest who was in the temple saw her and thought she might be drunk. When he saw that she wasn’t, he told her “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant what you have asked of him.” God did! She had a son and named him Samuel, meaning “because I asked the Lord for him.”
Have we ever found ourselves in times like this? I know I have. I encourage you to take you struggles to the Lord, in prayer. Present yourself to God with a loving and repentant heart and he will hear your prayer. Trust in His goodness, trust in His mercy. God will answer.