"I'm Drowning Here, and You're Describing the Water!" (Psalms 121:1-3)

"I'm drowning here, and you're describing the water!"
Melvin Udall in “As Good As It Gets”


This is a famous line uttered by Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, who was upset over the advice that Simon gave him after Carol breaks up with him over the telephone. Melvin felt that Simon was not helpful at all, simply describing the pathetic situation rather than giving him practical advice to resolve the problem.

I laughed when I first heard this because I wondered how many times I have been both the recipient of similar helpful advice or have been equally guilty of rendering advice that was of no help at all to the listener?

When we are in need of sound advice, to whom do we turn? The Bible has many examples of men turning to others for advice. In some instances, the advice was ill-advised and the consequences devastating. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, rejected the advice of the elderly counselors of his father and listened to the foolish advice of his younger peers, with whom he grew up. The result of accepting this advice was a divided kingdom with Israel following their own king. Rehoboam paid a high price for seeking counsel from man rather than first seeking God.

Sometimes it seems as though we cry out to God only as a last resort. But when any problem confronts us, the God of the Universe is able to cut through the chatter and noise and address the real problem rather than simply describe the circumstances.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalms 121:1-3

God is able to help us like no other because it is He who set all events in motion. Our limited minds can never fully comprehend the meaning of the circumstances we find ourselves. But God does not ask us to understand, He asks us to trust Him and allow Him to take care of the situation.

Won’t you accept the help of God? By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will gain access to the limitless blessings and help of God. Is there any better solution to your problems than this?

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.