Psalm 18:1-2 “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my Rock in whom I take refuge.”
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in him and I am helped, my heart leaps for joy. I will give thanks to him in song.”
These verses helped me through a rough month. I tend to be like a small child who says “I do it!” and then end up carrying a heavier load than I need to by myself.
We sometimes think it is easier to just do it ourselves than to ask someone for help. This can lead to burn out, excessive emotion, and even sleeplessness. Then we realize we have not called on the Lord, our rock and our deliverer, for strength.
I have discovered much variety in ministry with my “just older youth.” I visit, listen, take them to appointments, shop—all roles I enjoy so much. And recently I’ve been the key person for a woman who has been hospitalized. As her advocate I’ve needed to make arrangements with a social worker, talk with various doctors, make and take phone calls on her behalf, and arrange for the help she would need as she prepared to go back home. I’m thankful of those who took care of her pets while she was in the hospital.
As a church body we care for those who are sick or recuperating from surgery, provide transportation when needed, make phone calls to check on each other, prepare meals, and especially pray for them or with them. We are the hands and feet of Jesus.
When I start to feel as though I can’t do this anymore on my own, I need to stop and ask the Lord for strength, to let his light shine through me. I want to be his hands and feet to those I encounter and let him be seen through me. And when I’m unable, I want to enable others to be his hands and his feet. I do not need to say “I do it!” because I can’t—none of us can on our own. But with God’s strength we can accomplish great things!