Well I recently had one of those feelings but at a very strange time. I have a 4 year old and once in a while she still has to call on me from the potty for help. I won’t go into detail but let’s just say I’m able to wipe away the problem for her.
Anyway, not once, not twice, but at least three times lately while I was doing this, I had that “life is perfect” feeling. I thought to myself each time…”where did THAT come from? How did I get THAT from doing THIS??”
So today I was pondering on it and I realized what it was. It’s not the “dirty duty” that’s bringing me such joy, but the fact that my 4 year old still depends on me. She’s growing up, becoming more independent and needing my help less and less. Soon, she’s going to think she really doesn’t need me at all (oh the teenage years). I have a 20 year old daughter too, so I’ve been down this road; good thing is, SHE is old enough now that she realizes she DOES still need me. 🙂
As a matter of fact…she actually JUST called me (AS I was typing this) to ask for my help on a project for her job! See, I am needed! Anyway, what’s my point?
As much as I want my children to depend on me and I take pleasure in being able to help them, I want them to depend on Jesus so much more! And imagine how much more Jesus wants that? We NEED Jesus. When we are baby Christians, we seem to rely on God so much to get us from point A to point B and I just know He delights in this. We are completely dependent on Him. But then as time goes by, we start to figure things out on our own. It’s great, because we are learning and growing, but we still need Jesus and He still wants us to depend on Him. Sometimes we get to a point in our Christian walk where we think we have it all figured out and we begin to call on God less and less. “I got this!” we say, “l can handle this!” we assume. “I don’t NEED to rely on God anymore.” But God, just like our parents, is saying, “I’m still here for You, I can help, just ask.” PLUS, He is so overjoyed to help us! THAT’S the feeling I get when my daughter is calling for me from the potty. THAT’S the feeling I got when my older daughter called me just now and said, “Mom, I need your help, your advice, your ideas”.
And don’t you think my daughters were happy that I was there to help them? That they knew they could depend on me? Humble yourself, ask God for help, He’s waiting to hear from you.
For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. –Isaiah 41:13 NLT