“Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.” Psalm 69:1
Now if that isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is. This line from the Psalm was the Request For Presence part of the morning prayers from The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle. It is used frequently throughout the prayers in all the seasons.
How often it is my cry as well. When we are immersed in life up to our necks, it is a good time to call out for help.
This morning I spent some time calling out “save me” for friends and children. Life can get very complicated, usually from something we have done that in retrospect was not great. But life has this inconvenient factor of not having a rewind button. We have this tendency to want to live in the constant mode of rewind or in fast forward. Living in the now, giving each moment to God, letting him help us get through the present moments we have flavoured or tainted with our past decisions takes a certain amount of courage. Especially when we are up to our necks in life and can’t see how we are ever going to land our little boats safely on the shore.
So, save us God. Give us wisdom to live well in the here and now and ride out these storms with us; these flood waters that rise to drown us.