Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
I don’t know if I have stated this in previous posts or not but I have no problem at all saying that when it comes to cars and cars breaking down I am clueless. I know to take my car in and get it serviced when it is due for it. I know how to check the oil and some other fluids but if my car breaks down somewhere I am in deep trouble. Oh don’t get me wrong, I will do the manly thing and pop the hood then go stand in front of it and stare at it like a monkey doing a math problem. The one thing I do know about fixing cars is, take it to a person who does know how to fix it and that you can trust.
We all hear the horror stories of someone taking their car to get fixed and paying some crazy amount for it and then finding out later the person had taken them to the cleaners and done work that really didn’t need to be done. Thankfully I have been blessed to never have to deal with this. I am thankful for the people who have done me right and done their best to keep my car running as long as it can.
The problem I have is that I am not good at doing the same thing in my spiritual life. Like everyone else there are times in my life when I struggle with stuff. I wrestle with God and what is or isn’t happening in my life. I fail to trust Him over things I have no control over. I try to bend and manipulate things to turn out the way that I want or think is best when it usually is far from it. As Christians there are times when we need to realize we are in over our head. There are times we need to call in an expert.
There are many out there who are experts with what you may be going through in your life. They probably became experts by way of the school of hard knocks. They have been where you are and have come through it by the grace of God. They know what it is like to walk the road you are walking and can help you through the difficult path. The problem is often times, way too often, they don’t know you are going through a rough time.
We don’t want to ask for help. We don’t want to let people know we are hurting or struggling. We don’t want to appear weak. We want everyone to think we have our stuff together and know what we are doing. The truth is, we don’t.
There are other Christians out there who want to use the bad things they have gone in a positive way to minister to other people. They want to walk with people and help carry them through hard times they know so well. We just have to let them know we need their help. Maybe you need to reach out to someone you know has dealt with a hurt or struggle you are dealing with. Maybe you need to let your church know something you are struggling with and open yourself up to the support of someone who truly understands.