This afternoon, Helen and I together with an unknown helper, shared a really useful conversation over the phone. We were having problems with her new phone, which due to an unknown error, was failing to restore its settings. Whilst we were unaware of the name or indeed location of the supplier of support, he patiently guided Helen through the whole process in order to get her phone going again. Indeed, when there were positive signs that the the phone was re-booting and Helen expressed her thanks and a willingness to end the call, he assured her that he would continue on the line until he was sure that the phone had physically started up (and before the cynics chip in – this was a free call and service!). "I’ll stay with you all the way, until we’ve got it started” he promised, and indeed he did!
Last Sunday in our morning service we reflected on Jesus’ claims in John 14, to be the Way, Truth and the Life. Indeed whilst he was about to leave them in person, as the chapter continues (as we’ll hear this coming week), the disciples learnt that they were not going to be left alone, but would have the assistance of another ‘helper' to guide and direct them.
The claims and promises of Jesus still stand all these years later, and I pray that whenever we find ourselves in need of advice and support, our Helper will be the first one we turn to.