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God Will Help You Through Others

2011 December 19
by Kent

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“People will help you,” Roy, veteran foster dad, told me.

I thought of those words recently as I drove home from work listening to the furniture bump and shift in back of our Honda CR-V as I negotiated a turn.

It turns out we have the exact same model as one of my co-worker’s. So when her husband, Brandon, packed pieces of furniture into the back of Kristina’s CR-V, he knew they would fit in the back of ours.

In a matter of days, they had given us a matching bedroom set in great condition: two dressers, a bed frame with head and foot board, a night stand, and a desk with hutch. They wanted no money for it.

The neighbors across the street, Brian and Marion, gave us two dressers for the other bedroom. I had gone over to replace my neighbor who was helping them with their new furniture when he was called away. My offer to buy the old pieces was countered with having them delivered free to our front porch the next day.

Our next door neighbor, Greg, installed a lighting fixture we’d bought to replace the non-working one in our kitchen. Because of my mechanical ineptitude and general fear of electricity, we were planning on paying an electrician $130 to put it in for us. Greg insisted he do it for us, with nary a complaint when the ten minute job turned into two hours while I stood uselessly by.

Early on, after mentioning to Steve, a friend at church, that I was getting ready to paint a room I had emptied, I came home to find an e-mail informing me he would be at my house on Saturday at eight sharp with his equipment. All I needed was paint. Steve had had his own painting business years ago. The room looks fantastic in Disney’s “Friendly Fog”. The tips he shared with me will make future painting jobs go much easier.

All of these people are Christians. I don’t think that’s a mistake.

This is not about getting free stuff and services. This is about God helping you in something He’s calling you to do, just like He did for us.

We didn’t know how we were going to furnish two rooms when we started this; there were some vague notions about finding bargains. We stepped forward trusting that we are in this together with God.

We’ve hit a lot more obstacles than these, and I’ll write more about those soon. For now, suffice it to say God is bigger than all of them.

It’s difficult sometimes for men to accept help. We feel like we are less when we aren’t doing it all ourselves. But it’s important for us to remember that the Lord’s usual method of helping His children is to whisper to one of His other children, “Hey, do you want to something cool with me today.”

Let others do cool things with God.

 

 

Photo: “Giving Hands” by Sanja Gjenero

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Michelle Goff permalink
    December 19, 2011

    Love this. It is a great reminder of the ways that God can conquer any problem.

    • December 21, 2011

      I couldn’t agree more, Michelle. We step out in faith and trust He will clear the path for us.

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