77 Asking For HelpPosted: October 8, 2013
The ninth secret to finding humility is asking for help.
March 28, 2013 was a day to remember. I took our scooter out for a ride. I hadn’t ridden it for a month or so and had some trouble starting it, but eventually got it going. While I was out, I figured I could drop off a couple of bills at the post office. I put the envelopes inside the seat compartment. This necessitated that I turn the scooter off in order to retrieve them. After I deposited the bills in the mailbox I tried to start the scooter again with no success. Initially, it turned over, but eventually stopped and wouldn’t even turn over. I guessed it was a combination of low battery and problem with the starter.
I decided to push it home where we had a battery charger. It was a beautiful day, in sharp contrast to the previous week which was snowy and cold. The ground was fairly level for a long way (for those familiar with Kansas City, I was on the Kansas side). As I crossed the state line I was dreading the thought of pushing it up larger hills on the Missouri side. I made it quite a way up the first hill and, out of desperation, tried to start it again. The engine turned over a couple of times, and then stopped. I noticed that my wife had called. I called her back and we prayed it would start. Still no go. I tried the trick of starting it by going downhill. That did not work. I was talking to my wife again, letting her know what was happening. She told me later she was crying out to God for me at this point when someone came walking towards me holding a gas can. I told him that it was a problem with the starter. He offered to jump-start it. I told him that I didn’t think it would work. I set my mind on pushing it home even though I was very tired. My wife was listening to this whole conversation. She told me that she and our neighbors had prayed that someone would help me. She reminded me of the person on the roof of a house in a flood who told the rescue boat that God was going to take care of him.
I pushed my scooter into the man’s driveway. He had jumper cables, and we connected the batteries. The scooter started right away!
“Ask, and it will be given to you….” Matthew 7:7
Do you often refuse help, like I was doing? In my perfectionism I was too proud to accept help, thought I could do it myself without any help and thought that if I needed help I would be displaying weakness. We want to think we have it all together and are not needy. “No thanks,” we say, “I can handle it.” Except, the fact is, everyone needs to ask and receive help. We are broken creatures, even though we don’t want to admit it. We do need help. We need God’s help. He often sends help by way of people.
Learning to humble myself (which is better than the alternative),
WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement
Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received. We have a dream & need support and prayers.
Back to Outline: http://www.livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com