I enjoy looking back on the memories Facebook reminds me of. A few weeks ago it read of a grey, wet Monday when I had posted “Rain, rain if you are not willing to go Spain, I’m more than happy to go in your place“. One week later we were able to book flights to Spain after the Father surprised us with radical generosity.
As I read these memories, I felt a wee nudge to be more expectant of the impossible becoming possible.
I never dreamt that in a few days I would find out a ticket had been booked for me to go skiing with my nephews and niece and I would be flying off France a week later!!
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Ephesians 3:20 MSG)
Unfortunately, however, my very first attempts at skiing were more of a nightmare! My problem wasn’t skiing, it was stopping and staying upright!! Ecclesiastes 4:10 seems so appropriate …
“.. pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Everywhere I looked I was reminded of the verse “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV)
“God IS our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NIV) but Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 also reminds us we need to reach out to each other for help too.
“Two are better than one, … If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)
I did feel embarrassed I could not get up in my own strength and had to keep asking for help but it was a much better alternative than being abandoned in the snow!
Maybe you feel a bit abandoned at the minute. You too are struggling to stay upright or keep your balance. Life feels way out of your control. You feel like you keep falling down again and again.
We always need to reach out to God at these times.
There are seasons when “He makes me lie down in green pastures“, NOT snowy hills (Psalm 23:2) but there are also times when we need to get back up on our feet and admit that we need help to do so.
This is NOT weakness or defeat. It is survival. It is LIFE. If I had refused help and stayed stuck on that mountain, I would not have survived.
Today you can choose to stay stuck in what’s keeping you down – false pride, comparison, shame, guilt, failure, all lies of the enemy OR you can be honest and reach out in your vulnerability and ask someone you trust for help.
Allow them to reach out to you and pull you back to your feet, ready to move forward, no longer stuck in the same place, unable to move.
“Two are better than one, … If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
Or maybe it’s your turn to reach out your hand to offer to help the other up.
Father, may we be sensitive to those who need someone to help them up. May we not be so focused on our journey, that we are oblivious to others along the way. May we be compassionate and sensitive not critical or aloof.
We all need to reach out to each other, both to help and be helped.