This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one word prompt. The prompt today is “help.”
As I picked up the box, I discovered it was heavier than I thought.
I managed to lift it and made sure it was balanced, and I was just about to carry it through to the next room when I heard a little voice behind me.
“I can help you.”
I thanked him for the offer, but told him that I would be ok. It was balanced now; it would be easier if I just carried on.
“No, I want to help you.”
As I looked at that six year old face, so earnest and eager to help, there was no way I could turn him down. I let him take one side of the box, and slowly and painfully we carried it through.
His “help” was making the task ten times harder. At times I felt he was going to pull it off-balance and the whole thing was going to fall to the ground. There were moments when he was weighing it down so much that I felt I was carrying him as well as the box!
Somehow we made it. Breathing a sigh of relief I set it down and tried to stretch my aching muscles. It would have been so much easier to do it by myself.
But then his dad came in, and, beaming from ear to ear, he announced, “I helped Lesley!” I have never seen someone look so proud, and I was glad I had allowed him to help.
It made me think of how we “help” God with his work.
The truth is he could do it without us. In fact, it would be quicker and easier without us. We humans have a frustrating tendency to overcomplicate things and slow them down.
But still he chooses to involve us in what he is doing, because it is not just about getting the task done. It is about relationship and growth. He wants us to play our part.
And I think it brings him joy when he sees us join in with what he’s doing – when we move our focus from asking him to help us with what we’re doing, and begin seeking how we can help him.