The Almost yearlong Montgomery Bus Boycott was a difficult time for many, but probably more so for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family—being the elected leader and face of the movement. The energy he needed to devote for communication to his supporters, keep people unified, motivated, and on track with their goal was burdensome and taxing. On top of that, he was getting harassing calls all hours of the night making threats on his life and the lives of his loved ones. Needless to say it was hard times. After one such harsh life threatening phone call, that happen during the early morning hours, Dr. King slumped into his kitchen chair and bared in his face into his hands. The feeling of being over powered, fatigued, and worn out settled in on the young minster. Dr. King only 26 years old at the time could pack up his small family and still have a successful career as a preacher somewhere else, but he had a great purpose and vision…but he was at the end of his rope.
Although maybe in our personal life we are not faced with difficult circumstances of this magnitude, still as humans we are all faced with adversity and so it’s easy to relate to that moment were we start to question ourselves: Why am I doing this? Is this worth it? Why did I get myself into this? etc. These are all possible questions that Dr. King could have been asking himself that early morning. So what did he do? A simple task. Something that is available to everyone anywhere. He asked for divine assistance by saying a prayer. Simple, yet powerful. He reports that during that moment he felt powers from beyond supporting him, giving him strength beyond his own, he knew he was not left to only his is own strength.
We too are faced with challenges on a day-to-day basis. We, like Dr. King, have access to this same divine assistance in our time of need. So next time you don’t feel like getting up, you feel like you can’t go on, your feel like life is asking more of you then you think you can do: seek for the divine assistance.