Tiger Woods’ disaster unfolded quickly. In a matter of days, it progressed from a random car accident to a real-life soap opera. And, the results weren’t pretty. First, comments came from his fans, “How could he do that?” Next, companies, whose profits he helped increase, began retracting their sponsorship agreements. But as things moved from bad to worse, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Tiger checked into a rehab program. He recognized he had a problem and sought help to resolve it.
Sometimes, disasters happen to expose our need to seek help. Those who find help often recover quickly, while those who ignore the signals plunge deeper into the pit of pain and shame. That’s why I love David. When Nathan, God’s prophet, pulled the cover off his affair with Bathsheba (see 2 Samuel 12:1-14), he immediately sought help. And he didn’t check into a rehab clinic or find a self-help book on adultery. Instead, David turned to God, the solution to all life’s problems. He poured out his heart, asking God to help him through his mess.
The great news is that God has not retired from problem-solving. He’s still ready, willing, and able to help you through your disaster. Seek help from Him, and you’ll be able to testify like David, “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along” (Psalm 40:2, New Living Translation).