Distress Signals // by Kylie Hunt

By August 10, 2018All Posts


is an adjective I don’t particularly care for.

The Webster dictionary defines it as “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded”

I find in my own life it often means being open to admitting I cannot do it all and am in need of help.

Something I, as I am sure many of us am not too fond of having to do.

I don’t like feeling as if I cannot manage it all on my own, however my walk with the Lord is just that.

Realizing that I could not go on if it were not for His strength working through me.



I think some of the most beautiful pictures of vulnerability that are found in the Bible

are in the book of Psalms.


King David was a man who was not afraid to voice his need for God and His help.

Even at the risk of making himself look weak, he was willing to still do it.



He said in Psalm 86:1-6

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you.

You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call on you.

Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.”



In those verses of the 86th chapter of Psalm –
King David is being open and real that guess what –

he cannot do it on his own, he needs the Lord’s help –

he needs his God to save him!
He is admitting that he is vulnerable, he does have weaknesses,

and he knows the ONE who will help him.

He is putting it all on the line, willing to look like a fool to cry out to his God for saving.



It makes me think –

How many times do we wait and wait and wait and wait to hit our knees in prayer,

to cry out to the Lord for saving, because…

We don’t want to admit we have a need that we cannot take care of?

We don’t want to confess we are weak and need His Divine strength?

We don’t want to see, He is the Only One who can get us out of the mess we have found ourselves in?

We are prideful and feel if we just keep trying, we’ll fix it?

We think we can do it all by ourselves, we do not need ANYONE or ANYTHING to help us?



When we do that though, we are truly robbing ourselves of the blessing of relying on the Lord,

trusting in His strength rather than our own to get us out of situations that without Him we would be stuck in.


In the back of my mind, every time I think of someone who declared their desperate need for help,

I think of that 1977 Classic by George Lucas – Star Wars.

The reason why is…

I am married to a Film Director who has shown me the value and enjoyment of classic movies.

He actually introduced me to all things Star Wars when we started dating 6 years ago and in our 4 years of marriage, it has become one of my favorite series and something we enjoy watching together.


In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope –

Princess Leia is on a mission to get aid for the rebellion,

because she and the rebel forces need it if they are going to survive –

in the midst of the enemy attack on the vessel she travels in, she sends a holographic distress signal to the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi via the droid R2-D2 that at the end of it simply states,

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”


The story ebbs and flows like all good tales do and in the end, he does help her and the rebel forces.
Was it in the way she probably thought or even wanted, no probably not – he does help though.

However, before that could happen, she had to admit that she and the rebels even needed help.

She could have said, “I am a Princess! I don’t need ANYONE’S help!”

She didn’t do that though and it turned out to be for the best for her and the galaxy.


Oh, how this mirrors our own lives – when we admit to the Lord that we do need His help –

He always comes through. No if, and, or but, He always does.

Maybe not in the way we think He will and sometimes not in the way we wanted,

but He never fails to rescue us right on time, His time.

What a promise that is!


A promise that King David knew in his heart as well, for in Psalm 86:7 he says,

“When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”


King David wasn’t afraid of crying out for help from the Lord, of being vulnerable –

because he knew that the Lord was going to ANSWER.


In our lives, we too can trust that promise.

No matter what it is we are facing, if we will fall down on our knees before the Creator of the Universe, the One who calmed the seas and stilled the waves, and cry out to Him –





So today, dare to be vulnerable and trust Jesus Christ with your situation, with your worries, with your prayer requests, with the things that you cannot handle, with your LIFE.



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