I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
I was a counselor by profession in my “former” life. I learned the tricks of the trade to help fix whatever problem someone had. Sometimes those fixes didn’t work. There were people who, although looking for help, were not ready for change.
I remember going to a supervisor about one client in particular who had been in therapy for years – but never got the “change” he desired. It ended up that he thought the counselor had some kind of power to “make” him change.
Sometimes I think we look at God that way. We want an “instant prayer fix,” and when it doesn’t happen we are quick to abandon God.
I’ve grown to learn that I need to become willing for changes to happen in my life. I don’t like change most of the time. I’d rather stay in the familiar. But sometimes God says, “It’s not about what you want, my dear little one, it’s about what I know is best for you right now.”
Right now my physical therapist is pushing me to move. One of my challenges is a disorder that can cause my joints to freeze up. That will happen much sooner if I don’t move. The problem? It hurts to move. I’d rather stay curled up in bed (the worst thing I could possibly do) than get out the walker I am learning to hate and use it to propel myself along. Yet, unless I take action – nothing will happen.
For some reason, I hate the walker more than I do my wheel chair. I don’t use it when I should. The result? I often fall. Or I pretend I can do things on my own and then pay for it the next few days.
What am amazing parallel for my spiritual walk! I think I can propel myself along without using the necessary aids that God has given me. He has given me His word. He has given me Christian friends. He has given me relationship with Him.
Can I get through this physical world or the spiritual world on my own? Nope. Can’t do it. I have to humble myself in both realms and admit, “I need help, here,” and then accept that help in whatever form it takes.
Father God, I pray you will make us willing to take the steps we need to take both physically and spiritually to walk the pathway you have set before us. Help us to realize that in either realm, we do not walk alone. Amen and amen. So be it, Lord!
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