I don’t know about any of you who are reading this right now, but I have a hard time admitting that I need help. For the most part, I pretty much like figuring things out for myself. I get much more of a sense of accomplishment and pride when I can get things to work on my own. At the same time, I feel a little defeated when I have to admit that I don’t know something or how to do something. Asking for help is a hard thing. Pride can get in the way.
It’s also hard at times to find good, reliable help at a reasonable cost. If you have a job to be done and have to hire someone, it’s going to cost a few pretty pennies. And even then, you don’t always know what you are getting with your help.
Recently, we got a real nice adjustable basketball hoop at our house. This required digging a pretty good sized hole, filling it with concrete, then putting up the hoop itself, which isn’t light. As hard as I tried to do all of the work myself, there is no way I could have done it all without the help of some help from some good people. I knew all along that I would need help with standing the hoop up, but I didn’t want to ask for help getting all the bags of concrete to my house, or getting rid of all of the clay that I dug up. It was one of those things that hung over my head all summer long before I started the job. Finally, when it came down to it, I had to ask my neighbor to borrow his truck and help to get the bags of concrete, and my brother to dump the clay since he has a place where he can do that sort of thing. I had to swallow my pride and get the help I needed.
It’s very humbling to admit that you can’t do something alone. Kind of like this life. I (you/we) can’t do this life alone, as much as we would like to think we can. We have to rely on God to guide us, support us, and love us when it seems no one else does. So we have to humble ourselves before God, and put our life in His hands. There is a key phrase in this verse that needs our extra attention as well. It says “in due time.” God’s time and our time won’t always match up. Our abilities only allow us to see a very narrow view of time and what we think we need. But God can see the whole picture, from beginning to end. Therefore, we have to trust that He will take care of us when we need it, but His plan may take longer than what we would like. Again, humbling ourselves by not being selfish about (to steal a line from the great rock band Queen) wanting it all, and wanting it now. The very last line in these two verses is reassuring. He cares about us. The God who created the entire universe cares about me (and you too). I know how many things I have to keep track of in my narrow little sliver of the world; I can’t imagine how much it takes to keep track of the entire creation from the beginning to the end of time. But even still, he cares about us. Amazing.