Friday, July 11, 2008

Loving Help

If you don’t know what
you’re doing, pray to
the Father. He loves to help.

James 1:5 (The Message)

When their child turned sixteen they realized that one of them would need to be the driving instructor! In the ensuing weeks parent/driving instruction was given with minimal questions asked by the child/student driver who took the stance that, while they had never driven before, they knew what they were doing. After the physical driving test had been failed a few times the questions began. And the father was happy to help!

How often do we have an attitude of already knowing? We’re afraid that asking questions reveals weakness or perhaps lack of intelligence and that isn’t our desired image! Consequently, we live pretending that we know what we’re doing. Then something we confidently created, falls apart and we grudgingly admit that we need help.

When God created us He never intended to watch us from a distance. From the beginning it was His desire to be in communion, or in other words, conversation with us. And, because He created everything He knew how it all worked so He made Himself available for questions. Do you think that Eve ever thought to ask God if there was truth in the snake’s words? She seems to have a moment of hesitancy but then plows on and we now live Eve’s choice of not asking God for help!

Whatever you are presently living, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no weakness in asking, only strength in the received guidance. Your Father would love to help you.

Jesus, You were in continual
conversation with Your Father.
You weren’t afraid to ask for
His help even at the cross.
Forgive me for thinking that I
can do it all myself.
I don’t know what I’m doing!
Please help me.


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Heidi said...

Just what I needed to read today!
I was making 10 apple pies today and thought of you. Thanks for all the wisdom you share daily.