The Gift of Help

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I’m stubborn. 

Not so much with people, but with projects, technology, and anything that can be thought of as a puzzle. 

I tend to believe I can “do it myself,” and I will stubbornly work at something until I either fix it or I am so overwhelmed and agitated I have to give in and ask for help. 

Yesterday, was finally an ask for help kind of day.

I’ve worked for hours on the inner workings of CMB. Little details to optimize it’s user friendliness. Each little bit of progress was followed by a huge setback. And the frustrating part . . . nothing looked different. I had nothing to show for my hours of problem solving.  

I finally reached the end of my patience and called my hosting company’s tech department. 

Thirty minutes later, I had made more progress than had happened in weeks. 

The Gift of Help

I started wondering how often I’ve refused the gift of help just because I’m stubborn. Are you like me?

Do you ever willingly plow through your day believing you can “do it yourself” when there are people nearby who are more than willing to help? 

Do you ever worry about and struggle with things you believe are to trivial to leave at the throne of grace?

The Lord said, “I was ready to answer my people’s prayers, but they did not pray. I was ready for them to find me, but they did not even try. The nation did not pray to me, even though I was always ready to answer, ‘Here I am; I will help you.” Isaiah 65:1-2

Hmmm.  I wonder how often are we like the people of the Old Testament?

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

I wonder how often to we sacrifice peace rather than admit we need help?

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him. Matthew 7:11

I wonder how often the Lord is waiting to give us the gift of His help if only we would ask. I wonder how often pride keeps us from admitting we need Him. I wonder how often we stubbornly struggle with things unnecessarily. 

Will you join me in admitting that you need help, that you are not capable of doing it all yourself?

His peace, comfort, strength, joy and so much more are waiting for you and me.

May we turn to our Father before we are overwhelmed and frustrated. May we turn to the people around us . . . receiving and giving help as He leads us. 

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  1. I used to be really bad at refusing help, until the Lord humbled me over it and showed me that the help of others is one of the ways that he blesses me.

    1. What a great point Loren. Opportunities to help and be helped are both great blessings. I’m trying to remember that when I start to act like a “two year old” who demands, “I can do it myself!”

  2. I hate those days when I know I should be going to God for help with a problem and don’t. Usually by the end of the day, I finally go, bring my concern to Him, see it from His perspective, experience peace and joy and ask – why didn’t I do that sooner???

    1. I hear you, Barb. My thoughts get into a cycle, and it isn’t until I slow down toward the end of the day and ask myself why in the world I have wasted sooo many precious thoughts on something I should have surrendered at dawn! 🙂 Love that He is still faithful no matter what time we ask to give us the peace and joy we so desperately need.

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