When you have no helpers,
see your helpers in God.
When you have many helpers,
see God in all your helpers.
When you have nothing but God,
see all in God.
When you have everything,
see God in everything.
Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord.
My daughter once shared with me something her pastor had used in his sermon one Sunday morning. It has stuck with me for years. He said,
You don't know that God is all you need,
until God is all you have.
Perhaps you have experienced this very thing; I have, and it made me more grateful than I had ever been before.
Just this last week, we truly needed "helpers" as we were moving for the first time in over twenty years. Several of our family members were unavailable due to jobs, distance, health issues, etc. But a family moving in across the street from where we were moving out helped us in surprising ways, and we were grateful. And they helped despite the fact that they had a brand new, two week old, baby. Can you imagine? Talk about heaven sent.
For several reasons, we did not feel we could ask anyone to come help us. However, without being asked, another family member who had only been to our home twice in several years, suddenly called and said he was on his way to help us pack. It was a ten hour drive one-way; but he came and spent three days helping pack. It was a direct answer to prayer, as I had been praying about some "moving help" for weeks.
On another front, though, my son is ill, and all the helpers in the world cannot help. We need God to give us a genuine "heavenly assist" - because even the doctors can only do so much in this situation. So I am focusing on "seeing God" in every doctor, every nurse, every day, every hour, while also remembering they are limited, but we serve an unlimited God. For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37 NIV)
During my life, I have been blessed to be "the helper" from time to time; but in recent months, I have needed some help. For me it is much harder to receive help than to give it. And it used to almost choke me to have to ask for it. Yesterday, it was as simple as needing someone to lift a 35 lb. bag of dog food out of the trunk of my car, where the grocery clerk had placed it. Ten years ago I could have hoisted it out myself. Not anymore. One of my son's friends came by and gladly did it for me.
Thus, whether we are helping, or being helped, we are all limited in what we can do for each other. But God is able to do all things abundantly above that which we can even ask or think.
I will strengthen you and help you... (Psalm 41:10 NIV)
Where would we be without Him? Heaven help us, I don't want to find out. Blessings to you - until next time .... Marsha
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The host for this weeks IOWT is Jennifer at Scraps and Snippets.