26 September, 2012

Help Wanted!

"I can do it myself." I'm guilty of saying this much too often, I'll bet that you can relate. When I am overwhelmed, overworked, and overburdened I hear myself saying: "no, thanks; I can manage" when willing friends and family step forward and offer to help. Why do I do this? Stubbornness? Pride? Fear? I don't know, probably all  three. In this morning's breakfast table devotions my husband and I read the passage from Numbers where Moses begged God for help. God not only heard Moses' plea, but sent seventy elders to assist Moses in his work! I understand how Moses felt but it took a crisis, a tipping point, before he was fed up enough to cry out. It's as simple as asking the question. God will hear, He will provide; I need to remember that each and every day and forget about that destructive "I-can-do-it" attitude that keeps getting in my way! It's been proven to me over and over again that when the burden is shared, everyone wins; plus, that one true relationship is strengthened! But wait, there's more...

...it's not enough to just put out the sign and ask God for help. To truly please Him, for the relationship to go from being strengthened, to one that's growing, there's one more step; the hard part. Accepting that help, with a grateful heart and open hands to receive. I'm working on it!
Life is Good!

10 comments:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Guilty, Near Philadelphia . . . .

LizA. said...

Guilty as charged--and then some......For me i think it's a case of not wanting to give up control.

Gwen said...

When my mother began the long journey away from us from Alzheimer's, I found a thumb ring I put on which I still wear more than two years after her death. It says "If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it." It helps me to remember that when things get too tough, He's there, as is my church family and friends, and I don't have to do it all myself.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Amen . . . thanks for sharing the reminder!

*karendianne. said...

Oh look. I needed to read this. Someone in need an awful lot and never asks… until its too late!

lindsey said...

This is so true and good to remember that people are blessed by helping too.

quilter said...

I'm guilty, thanks for posting this reminder. And don't we feel joy when we have helped someone?

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

jude's page said...

Yes, so true, but so hard sometimes to accept, but unless we accept, others can't give!
Thankyou again for your words which speak to me.

Linnie Quilts said...

Gwen ~ Sorry to hear of your painful loss but those words are exactly the ones that leapt to my mind after reading this post. Amen, Amen, Amen!!

Gail said...

I like the Amish saying "many hands make light the load". It's not easy to ask for help, even from God but it's there when you need it. We just have to remember to ask and be gracious about accepting it.