I Don’t Need Help

12 Nov

A while ago my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter was climbing up one of those rock climbing jungle gyms on a playground. A friend’s father was nearby and rushed over to be behind her in her climb. She surprised him by saying , “I don’t need your help.” As a result he backed away.


Have you felt these words in your heart before? If a boss is looking over your shoulder at work does this cross your mind? If you are rushing to finish a chore or task and you just want it done, do you think this?

“I want it done and I want to do it the way I want.” (I will admit to owning those thoughts!)

Many of us love our independence and our individuality. Frank Sinatra sang, “I Did it My Way.” Gloria Gaynor sang, “I Will Survive.” Destiny’s Child, a pop group, had a song called “Independent Women” and Janet Jackson had a song flat out called “Control.” We often think we can control what goes on in our lives in our own independent ways and when we can’t, we may feel unsettled, even in a panic. We like being in charge all the while leaning on our own thoughts, ideas, and plans.

However… if we are open, God will step in to help out anytime and anywhere!

It says so in the hymn ON EAGLE’S WINGS

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life,
Say to the Lord, “My Refuge,
My Rock in Whom I trust.”

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,

Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

This hymn goes on to speak of snares, obstacles and terrible things that God will save you from. Faith over fear is the cliche’, that actually speaks much truth.

As I recall what the little girl said to the neighbor– “I don’t need your help, ” I will remind myself that those words do not belong in conversation with God. Of course I need God’s help and the sooner I recognize that, the more peace I will find in my heart.

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