Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high. And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into Heaven.
This morning, I woke my son up to go to pre-school and he was SOOOO tired. We go through this every morning. He fights to stay up each night, proclaiming, “but mommy, I’m not tired yet,” while I insist, “yes, but if you don’t go to sleep on time, you will be tired in the morning. He’s a smart kid, so I knew one day it would click for him.
Well, today was the day! Once I finally got him up and going, we were in the car on the way to school, and he said, “Mommy. I’m sorry I didn’t go to bed on time. I know that’s why I’m tired now.” I simply, replied, “That’s okay baby, as long as you know better for next time. I’ll help you go to sleep on time, ok?” “Ok mommy,” he said.
It reminded me of a scripture I read in the 24th chapter of Luke. Around the 50th verse, Jesus has just appeared to His disciples after His crucifixion. He blesses them, and then ascends to Heaven. He reminds them that He will send the Holy Spirit as their helper, later.
Later? Why, I wondered. My son’s battle with bedtime helped me understand. During the time Jesus ascended and the Holy Spirit came upon his followers, they had time to digest what Jesus was trying to teach them, and make choices based on that information. Like my son, they could follow His example and heed his advice to live a better life, or they could reject Him, ignore Him, and suffer.
The concept is similar to what a friend brought to my attention last week during some Biblical study time. In Genesis 2: 18-24, God determines that it’s not good for Adam to be alone, but instead of immediately sending him Eve to help him as his companion, God puts Adam on assignment to name all the animals of the Earth. Why? In the same way that Jesus gave His followers time to make choices before the Spirit came to help them, God is giving Adam an opportunity to see what he likes, dislikes, and needs while he engages with the animals, before Eve is created to help him.
But who cares? Some of you may say, just send help! Lord knows we need it. Well, here’s the genius of it(and I truly can’t take credit for this revelation. My friend broke it down to me while we studied Genesis). During the “quiet time,” the time before The Help shows up(whether in the form of The Spirit or that Righteous Woman on your arm LOL), YOU discover where you need help. Not where you could use a little God here or a little God there, but what you are truly MISSING. That way when The Help arrives, you recognize it. You celebrate it. You appreciate it. AND, you ask for more and more of it as you grow in it. It forces God into the CENTER of your life. The Helper isn’t someone or something for you to lean on; The Helper is someone or something to LIVE with. The Helper keeps you humble and allows you to feel safe and secure being “needy.”
God wants us to be our most authentic selves. Living like that requires vulnerability. And vulnerability can NOT exist without the help of God. Our conversations with God are most fruitful when we are honest with him about ALL things. Our petitions and gratitude are best received by Him, when we deliver them with open hearts.
So, in those moments or seasons when you feel like you are waiting on The Help, know that God is giving you that time to discover what you truly need help with. Keep notes on how you’re feeling; what you are enduring. Be aware of the voids in your life. Don’t complain about them, let God know you are aware of where you need Him to fill in the gaps. Examine the choices you are making–they will reveal to you where your fears and flaws reside. Admit to Him what you learn about who you are and who you aren’t, so His Help can help you become all things through Him.
Rest assured, when The Help you need comes, it will be big, and He’d hate for your heart not to be able to see it and receive it.
I Love you,