Faith is something I am not accustomed to
And trusting other people is something I don't really love to do
It's like I'm standing in the rain and You offer me a rain coat
But I would rather stand there wringing wet than take the hand out -NF
I’m not naïve enough to think that when I’m struggling, that everyone else is too. Or contrarily, that when life is looking better that someone else isn’t in the depths of their own struggle. I guess the question is how on earth do we meet each other in these different places. How do I love someone who is happy when I’m hurting or someone who is weighed down when I’m floating in joy?
We don’t like to accept help. I don’t like to accept help. I like fixing my life on my own. I like fixing problems on my own and helping people on my own because there is some kind of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something on my own. But most anything alone is lonely and exhausting.
[And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20]
"It's like I'm standing in the rain and You offer me a rain coat
But I would rather stand there wringing wet than take the hand out"
But then I take on too much and am falling under the weight. But I work it out because I’m independent and capable. But then in seeps over to God, and I forget that I need him. We all forget that we need him. We stand there ringing wet, too prideful to take a hand out. But it isn’t a hand out. It’s grace from the God of the universe that I never deserved to begin with and now I refuse to take it because I choose to be self-sufficient.
Do you have a theme word for your life? Overwhelmed. That's mine. I am always using it in one way or another. Lately I'm pretty overwhelmed with the state of our world, our nation, and my community. It quickly becomes all consuming. I want to fix it all. I want to help everyone.
I wonder if we would relate to people differently if we first looked at how we relate to God.
Because regardless of who we are, we can agree that the way we relate to God affects the majority of our relations with things and people and situations.
And if we accepted grace from God...
If we dropped the need to be perfect— to hold ourselves together so well on our own that we deplete the need for him altogether— then maybe we could have a little more empathy and love to give to other people.
Maybe meeting other people where they are is directly related to where we let God meets us.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.[a]