“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hurr held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady til sunset.” Exodus 17:12, NLT
God knows we need help.
Grief is hard and exhausting. We find the end of our own strengths and abilities quickly. God steps in to provide the strength we need, but there are times He allows others to come along side of us to hold us up. Why? Because He knows we need people too.
Our instincts tell us to pull away and isolate as we grieve. This solitude can easily become a play ground for depression and despair. God sends people in to our grief to help. They knock on our door, send a text, or message us offering to do things we don’t have the strength or energy to do. (Mow the yard, do the laundry, make a meal, run an errand.) Sometimes the gift of their presence is all they have to offer, and its all we need.
Will you embrace the gift of help, or reject it?
Accept their presence and their help. They are messengers from God sent to hold you up as you walk through the valley of sorrow and loss. Do not allow pride to reject something beautiful God has put in place for you.
Dear God, It’s so hard to walk this valley of grief and loss. Help me fight the urge to withdraw and reject those who you send my way. Help me recognize them as a gift from you and embrace their assistance when they show up. Bring me more helpers. Help me learn to trust others and accept their offers of help. In Jesus’ name I pray—Amen.
Cattie Price says
“God steps in to provide the strength we need, but there are times He allows others to come along side of us to hold us up. Why? Because He knows we need people too.” Amen sister. No man is an island. I am so bad at letting people in when I need to! God is teaching me more about community lately. Thank you!
Tammy McDonald says
I look forward to getting to know you better Cattie. And I have to admit, I don’t let many people in or too close either. I’m reminded of the children’s song… “He’s still working in me. To make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and caring He must be. He’s still working on me.”
I am grateful for my tribe who has walked the darkest days with me. They indeed are Jesus’ hands and feet.
Community is vital during those times of grief!
Tammy McDonald says
It most definitely is.