“Me do it.” The little girl grabbed the hairbrush from her mother.
“Look Ma, no hands.” The boy peddled his bike past his mother, his hands raised in the air.
“Don’t worry Dad, I’ve got this.” The college graduate heads out for his job interview.
We demand it. We desire it for our children. We even celebrate it.
But, “independently” isn’t always the best way to do things.
- During the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites, when Moses
held up his arms the Israelites prevailed. If his arms dropped, the Amalekites were winning. Fatigued, unable to keep his arms up independently, Aaron and Hur came to his aid. With them holding Moses arms up for him, Israel won the battle.
- As the Israelites settle into their routine, Moses handled disputes between the people. All of them. In a large group there are many. Too many. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, tells Moses, “the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” Jethro continues to advise Moses to delegate some of the responsibility and share the workload.
Both these examples refer to a burden that is “too heavy”. Moses’ arms, the task of settling all the disagreements. The scriptures encourage getting others to help. Of not handling things independently.
Support groups exist to help each other. Share common goals. Ease burdens that are too heavy.
As a writer, I’m grateful to have http://lexingtonwordweavers.com/ to help me. To lift me up, provide suggestions, offer correction.
A large reason for the existence of the church is to share each other’s burdens. Provide wise counsel. Lift each other up. “. . .and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near,” Hebrews 10:24-25
This passage in Hebrews came to my mind as I watched the solar eclipse from the horse pasture. When darkness took over the sky, my horses drew near to each other. For safety, for comfort, for reassurance.
Since the day of the Lord draws ever nearer, let’s continue to encourage each other, to draw closer together, share the heavy burdens. But most important is to be in alignment with God’s will. If we do that, then others might be overwhelmingly amazed at His glorious presence.
And, darkness will be extinguished by the wonderful Light.