Like many of you, I seem to be in a state of busy. I can’t seem to complete one thing without something else presenting itself as undone. I have learned to say no, but perhaps I started practicing too late in that the residual is still in effect. I tell our daughter to say no, as I’m on my way, in my car to a yes. I’ve heard it said that God helps those who help themselves, but what about those who help others? In closer examination, have you wondered who is helping you?
Let me be clear, whatever I extend to others is not with an expectation for it to be returned to me. We are instructed in Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” But carrying is impossible without having the foundation that is critical for our support. I was reminded of this in a rather unusual manner at the end of last week. I had over 300 email messages in my inbox in my gmail account. The majority of the messages were associated with the various methods by which I burden bare. There were messages about various church ministries to which I participate, sorority programs, events and committees, prison ministry, education questions and personal requests for assistance. I perused the emails and considered the work associated with each message. I thought about the essence of Galatians 6:2. I considered that every opportunity to be of service to someone or something is indeed a blessing. God reminded me that even if I don’t have the pleasure of seeing myself and my needs of someone else’s service, it’s there, perhaps buried underneath.
I don’t know why I have kept so many of these messages. Most of what I really needed has been moved into a folder. Even as I am excited about helping others, opening up my email and seeing pages and pages of messages became overwhelming, and thereby diminished my enthusiasm for the calling on my life and in support of my yes. I had a moment. I selected all. This action enabled me to check every message. I then selected delete. Every message was removed, gone just like that! And guess what? It felt liberating! And then I noticed the background staring at me on the screen. It was a page covered in a multitude of various rocks. God said, “That’s me! The rock beneath everything you do, everything you attempt to be. Even when you don’t see me, and feel as though you are going it alone, you are not!” I was done! I was full. I was reminded of where my help comes from! When we help others, we must know and commit to our heart and mind, that God is helping us! We can rest upon our foundation and rest assured in Hebrews 6:10: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” It’s wonderful to help others, but in doing so, we mustn’t forget that our assistance is rooted in our love of God, and he will never forget! As we keep him in our focus, we can accomplish great things and not expect anything in return. When we begin to feel at the end, let’s look closer and deeper. There is no rock like our God (I Samuel 2:2)!