The other day I found myself disabling our air conditioning fans to clean them. A friend of mine had recommended this and offered to help me do so. I said no-thank-you, only to find on our older unit a frustrating reconnect w/ a screw that wasn’t visible during its disconnect. After sweating what seemed to be an eternity of “doing the Cabbage Patch” at a Milli Vanilli concert, I called Amazing Dave and asked if he would help me put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Asking for help is an amazing concept/not unlike men asking for directions when we are seemingly “lost” and need help finding our way. I was surprised to find that having Dave in my presence allowed me to see the connective issue clearer, and the problem was resolved in about two minutes.

It’s interesting to me to note how often our immediate reaction during times of conflict is to say, “no thank-you, I’ll do it myself.” My youngest son, Cole, who is three, has been going through a phase during the last two weeks of asking me questions as to whether or not I’ve “always done things” or not. When we play Lego Indiana Jones together, he’ll ask me after the fact, “Dad, do you always play Indiana Jones w/ me?” Cole is learning communication. He’s identifying patterns and conditions that he sees acted out by us, and is responding verbally as a means of understanding.

So too, do I need to develop better communication w/ my heavenly Father. I, all too often enough, ask Him way after the fact, “Lord, do you always care about and send me Your solutions to my struggles?” When Amazing Dave came over, I found that I was actually able to lend an ear to him when he needed to talk about issues in his current relationship. So, in asking for help from Dave, I was also able to extend help to him. I see a principle in that asking God for help sooner than later extends my help to others, so I can pass on how the God of the Bible is in the business of helping today in the 21st century.

We read in 2 Corinthians chapter One: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Take it to the Cross?

As believers in Christ, we often hear a lot of commands/directives but we’re not always taught how to do them.

 “Johnny, just let it go, give it to God.” “Johnny, hold on, don’t give up.”

One of the phrases that get thrown around a lot is ”take it to the cross”. It got in my head this morning and has still been swimming around a bit. This is what I’ve been thinking about, in addition to dying to ourselves, which is the simplest/easiest application of that admonition. (Easiest to understand, not necessarily live out!)

  • When I’m struggling with pain that someone has inflicted upon either myself or someone I love-Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  • When I can’t control/to help/make better my parent or close family member-Woman, behold, thy son! Behold, thy mother!
  • When I think/feel that God is distant/I’m alone-my God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
  • When I know that I need help but I haven’t been able to say that to another being with skin on-I thirst
  • When I have the perspective that I can’t bear what’s happening today any longer-Jesus reminds me of what is coming in our future: Today you will be with me in paradise.
  • When I have done all that I can, from my end, in a tireless perspective and I need the Lord to intervene, He says-it is finished
  • When I find myself at the end of this race called life-Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

I can’t – represents spiritual poverty

He can – represents sovereign majesty

I’ll let Him – is the victory that Christ has overcome this world.