Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Don't Know it All

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

James 1:5 (The Message)

When our daughter turned sixteen it was a terrifying realization to my husband and me that one of us would need to be her driving instructor! In the following weeks our parental driving instruction was given with minimal questions asked by our one and only who took the stance that, although she had never driven before, she pretty much knew what she was doing. Getting her driver’s license took a couple of tries. It was after these “failures” that we heard “How do I do. . .?”. We’re not perfect parents but we were eager to help!

Too often I have an attitude of “I know it already.” My fear is that by asking questions I reveal weakness or perhaps a lack of intelligence. And, that isn’t what I want to project! But living with that fear means I live pretending that I know what I’m doing! And ultimately, like a failed driver’s test, the image I confidently created, soon is exposed, falls apart and I grudgingly have to admit that I need help.

When God created me He never intended to watch me from a distance. In the beginning He desired communion, or in other words, conversation with us. Because He created everything, He knows how everything works and so He is eager for questions. I wonder if Eve ever thought to ask God if the snake was telling the truth? There seems to be a moment of hesitancy but then she plows on and I now live Eve’s choice of not asking God for help!

I don’t know what your life is like, but, 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.
Help me!

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