Several years ago I fell off my kitchen counter. I was unable to reach something on the top shelf, so I climbed onto the kitchen counter, with my socks on my feet. Needless to say, I lost my bearings and fell off of the counter onto the kitchen floor. After that incident, my husband suggested that I buy a step stool. Although I am 5’2, I have never considered myself to be short in stature.
Although I purchased the step stool, I typically resisted using it. Yesterday proved to be no exception. I could not reach something at the top of my linen closet. Instead of getting my step stool immediately, I tried every possible method to reach the item. It was only after several attempts did I, with much resignation and disgust, get the step stool to use. As I was stomping into the kitchen, I asked myself why I hated using the step stool? I realized that I hated admitting that I needed help. The step stool is designed to help; that is its purpose. The only way the step stool can do what it is designed to do, is that it is utilized. My unwillingness to acknowledge my need, prevented me from seeking help.
As Christians, we can have the same stubbornness about seeking God’s help, as I had about using the step stool. There is no way that we can be successful without God, yet we struggle, and struggle, and struggle trying to do things on our own, and in our own way.
The step stool was there to help, if I choose to use it. God is there waiting and eager to help, if we choose to acknowledge Him and be obedient. God desires that we live an abundant life (John 10:10), and He will give us whatever we need to live that life.
God is waiting for us to turn to him and ask for help, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 KJV). God wants to help, “be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests by made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6 KJV).
As we move forward in this life, we can save ourselves much struggle and grief, if we simply acknowledge our need for God, and daily seek His guidance and assistance.
Blessings To You - Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF