The daughter of a friend of mine, Lacey, spent a few years working her way through the ranks at a fast-food restaurant, until she finally became a manager. During her tenure in restaurant management, young Lacey had a new-hire employee whose name was Jesus – spelled like Jesus, as in Christ, but pronounced like Hey-Soos, which is a popular Hispanic name.
Young Lacey was born and raised as a Christian and lived many of her early formative years in Alaska, so she wasn’t aware that there was a southwestern pronunciation for this name. What’s more, she couldn’t fathom why any mother would name their child after the Son of God. Whenever Lacey worked with this young man, she quite naturally called him Jesus (as in Christ) since that was the only way she’d ever seen or heard this name pronounced.
Anyone who has ever worked at a fast-food restaurant knows just how crazy busy things can get during a lunch or dinner rush. As a manager, Lacey was in a position to delegate work assignments.
She was frequently heard saying things like, “Jesus, I need you on the drive-through register!” Or “Jesus, I need your help up front at the counter!” When things were just plain chaotic and out of control, Lacey could be heard simply saying, “Jesus, I need help!”
While Lacey’s fellow employees and customers always found her managerial orders quite funny, I can’t help but think that this young woman may have stumbled on to the secret of life’s success. How many times a day do most of us encounter situations that require a little divine intervention? Imagine how much smoother a problem could be worked out if we only took a minute to simply say, Jesus, I need help!
The New Testament gives us many Scriptures reminding us that Jesus is ready and willing to help us if we simply call on Him. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) and “They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household." (Acts 16:31).
We should make it a regular practice to memorize Scripture for those times when we don’t know what to pray … we just know we need the Lords’ help.
Do you need encouragement? Help on your job or with your relationships or raising your kids? Whatever your need, with just a couple of quick words … help is on the way!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:1-2