We had a great time….once we actually got to the city. It was a bit of a challenge, however, getting there from the Venice airport. I had the phone number of the hotel we were staying at, so I called when we arrived to get a shuttle to pick us up. The guy who answered seemed a bit irritated and wasn’t very helpful. In broken English, he told me to go outside and the shuttle would come pick us up. Then he hung up. As soon as we walked outside with our luggage, I realized I didn’t know when the shuttle would come, what shuttle I was looking for nor where we were supposed to stand and wait.
After 20 minutes of waiting, I was incredibly frustrated and feeling very helpless. I could call again but didn’t think I would understand the person any better than the first time. In desperation, I walked over to a uniformed person who was an employee for some bus transportation company. I told him my situation and asked if he could help. He was obviously busy but he stopped, listened and offered to call the hotel on his cell phone. Needless to say, I took him up on his offer. After 45 seconds of rapid Italian, he put his phone away and let me know that our shuttle was waiting upstairs on the departures level (go figure).
Pointing us in the right direction, he helped us immediately find our shuttle. Within minutes, we were on our way. Frustration, stress, panic—all completely removed the moment we found someone who was willing and able to help us.
That experience was a refreshing reminder of how powerful help is when we find ourselves at the end of our resources. In light of this, isn’t it remarkable that the Spirit of God is referred to as our “helper”? Of all the things God might be interested in doing with His time, it is amazing that He would choose this—helping us. Check out Paul’s words in Philippians 1:19: “Yes and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance
Or how about Romans 8:26 where Paul acknowledges, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”. Help in weakness. This sounds like what a close personal friend would do—offer tangible help in a time of need. This is what the Holy Spirit longs to do in our lives. He wants to help us.
Is there a situation in your life right now in which you are needing help—maybe with a relationship, a financial need, a difficult decision. Why not take some time and ask the Spirit of God to help you? He really wants to do just that.