Help Me Help You

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Have you ever wondered why God gives tasks to His children? He doesn't need our help. Here's a look into the business of helping God, from a mother's heart. (John 15:5) http://adivineencounter.com/help-me-help-you

My 2-year-old daughter loves to help me. It’s really a wonderful thing…

Well, perhaps it would be wonderful if she was slightly more capable of actually…um, helping! She particularly longs to help me unload the dishwasher, pleading with me, “Hep, Mama! Hep, Mama!”

If only the dishes she could reach on the bottom rack weren’t the breakable ones…

It’s not particularly enjoyable to have to help someone help you. But because I don’t want to discourage her love of assisting me with tasks, I decided that’s exactly what I needed to do.

So one morning, after I emptied the bottom rack (full of breakable dishes) of the dishwasher, I called to her to come and help me. She eagerly trotted over with pitter-pattering little feet, and was delighted as I began removing the dishes, one-by-one, from the too-high-for-her top rack of the dishwasher and then handed each dish to her so she could immediately hand it right back to me. And then I finally put the dish in its proper place in our cabinets.

Confused? I was, too. It was far from simple…

The whole process was pretty hilarious to me; I was so amused that she actually thought she was helping me, when it was so obvious to me that she was actually prolonging my task and making things much more complicated than they needed to be.

And then the Holy Spirit pointed out to my heart that this is such a perfect picture of how God allows me to help Him. You see, just as my baby girl is totally incapable of emptying the dishwasher without me helping her, I am totally incapable of performing any good thing without Him helping me.

I can never give Him anything that He hasn’t first given to me.

I can never do anything that He hasn’t first completely enabled me to do.

The best I can do is run to God,

begging to help Him,

pleading with Him to give me some small task I can perform

out of love for Him.

When I do, He lovingly grants my request, calls me to help Him with a task, equips me with every single thing I need to complete that task…and then gently receives it as I give it right back to Him.

I’m definitely not doing God any favors. I’m not making anything simpler for Him. I’m not saving Him time with my assistance.

But He delights in my desire to do things for Him, because He loves me and He delights in me.

And my longing to be of some small use to Him

shows Him that I love Him, too.

Have you ever wondered why God gives tasks to His children? He doesn't need our help. Here's a look into the business of helping God, from a mother's heart. (John 15:5) http://adivineencounter.com/help-me-help-you

8/14/12

Written by Jennifer Clarke

 

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4 thoughts on “Help Me Help You

  1. Joyce

    What a great post, Jennifer! I’ve been following you on twitter and just took a peek at your blog. Looks like you’re off to a great start. God bless as you continue. ~Joyce {I’m going to remember this 2 year old analogy as I go throughout my week!}

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    • Jennifer Post author

      Hi, Joyce! Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words! I still have so much to learn…I’m thankful for a patient God who leads me each step of the way, and Who equips me for what He calls me to do. Blessings to you!

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  2. Karen

    Wow. Convicted, again. I can cause myself to feel very overwhelmed when I think I need to stay “on task” to meet a schedule, and I don’t let my little children be the helpers they want to be – that might take me off course and I’m not being efficient, I’m not being on-time, I’m not…. you get the picture. Now I see that I’m not being a helper, and I’m not being a teacher. I’m also not showing my thanks to God for his provisions and blessings by not sharing with my children. I’m being exclusive because “I can do it better”. But if I don’t let them help me, they won’t learn; and, if I don’t let them help put away the breakable dishes too, then I’m not showing them how to handle ALL things well, just the “safe stuff”. I’m also not paying forward the gifts that God has given me that are all so breakable, which he has entrusted to me. {Lord, forgive me my sins, for the things I have done and the things I have failed to do.}

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    • Jennifer Clarke Post author

      Karen, I really appreciate your humility and willingness to acknowledge God’s Spirit nudging your heart. I love what you said: “If I don’t let them help put away the breakable dishes too, then I’m not showing them how to handle ALL things well, just the “safe stuff”.” Life gets messy, doesn’t it? And we mishandle things and break them. Yet there are lessons to be learned even in those matters, for us AND for our children. Thank you for reminding me of this truth. May God bless you as you draw ever nearer to Him, yielding to broader and deeper conformity to the likeness of His Son.

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