This week has been a difficult week for Asher. He's been knocking things over left and right. He knocked a board game out of the closet and it spilled it's contents all over the floor. He knocked over the vacuum making a loud bang. He spilled a cup full of toys down the stairs. He knocked a glass off of the counter-top and it shattered into a hundred pieces.
When kids don't ask for help, disaster ensues.
It got me thinking, is the same true for us? When adults don't ask for help, what happens? I'm one of those people. I don't like to ask for help. I don't want your help around the house. I like to get things done my way. That's not to say that I don't have help around the house. Randall gladly steps in and covers for me when I don't get things done. But then I just feel guilt. I don't even like to ask for babysitters. It occurred to me this week that I don't even like to take medicine, because getting help from something outside of me…
When adults don't ask for help, the result is not as obvious as shattered glass. The result looks a little more like tired, overworked people. The result can be a smaller amount of work accomplished, or a larger amount of work accomplished poorly.
We weren't made to do this life alone. God created us to crave community. For me, as an introvert, it's hard to recognize that need. When I need to relax, I crave solitude and that makes me want to shy away from community. But our need for community is not just for our pleasure. Community was created for support. Lend a hand to a friend that has a hard time asking for help this season. Ask for help yourself if you think you need it or not. That's the lesson Asher taught me this week.
God, You have given me everything I need in this world as well as everything I want, I know I can do nothing without You. Don't let me forget that you are my help; ready and willing to give me the strength I need, but you also have already given me the support I need. I am beautifully and wonderfully made, but I cannot stand alone. Thank you for surrounding me with people who support me. Thank you especially for my one and only "helpmate." Remind me to lend my time, lend my resources, and lend a hand to help the people you have placed in my life. Thank you for the blessings to be able to help and the ever present blessing that I don't have to do this on my own. Amen.