“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
God calls us to do many different tasks in our lives. These tasks have been designed for us in order to bring God glory. One of the tasks that I have is to take care of my dad. I know that many people are caring for elderly parents, grandparents, or other relatives. It’s not always easy, but God works on us in the hard times of life. Sometimes we just get tired. Perhaps I shouldn’t speak for you, but I just get tired. When we’re tired our thinking can go awry.
The thing that is so tempting to do when we’re tired is to give up. When we give up, we stop. We stop pursuing good. We stop being involved in the lives of others. We stop being who we know we are. As followers of Christ, our identity is Christ! Our lives SHOULD reflect this identity in order to point others to Christ. Our minds need to recall how Christ didn’t give up on us. He went all the way to the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. In repenting of our sins and accepting his payment for us, we become one with Christ. The memory of his sacrifice should spur us on to make our own sacrifices, but we get tired. We need help in order to not give up. Our help comes from the Lord in the form of the Holy Spirit within, the Word of God, and the people of God.
When I’m tired, I don’t always remember the help God has provided for me. The fact that Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be our “helper” doesn’t really come to my mind. The verses I know are hard to remember when I’m tired. My mind doesn’t want to focus on verses but instead focuses on the fact that I’m tired. I don’t seek out people to help either. The all-consuming thoughts of being tired are just that…all-consuming. Let me tell you what God used to get my attention off myself and my tiredness and onto him.
Each day, I see my dad in the morning and in the afternoon after work. I check on his food, put out his medication, and help him with his teeth. In the afternoon, I cut him a piece of pie and sit with him while he eats it. We have a conversation; at least as much as you can converse with someone who can’t hear you. That’s the routine and it’s not an exhausting one. It’s a habit I have and will continue until the Lord decides it’s my dad’s time to leave this earth. The weekends are a bit different. On Saturdays I visit once instead of twice but Sundays are twice again. It was on a Saturday when the Lord got my attention.
My brother, Don, was at dad’s house on a Saturday morning when I pulled up on my bike. Don and dad were in the garage so I just went into the house and worked on my regular tasks. They came in as I was just finishing up. I asked if dad had eaten his lunch. He hadn’t so I heated it up in the microwave for him. At that point, I prepared to leave because I wanted to give the guys time to talk. As I always do I asked, “Is there anything else you need before I go?” This is when God got a hold of me because of my dad’s answer. He said, “I just need you.” Then he grabbed me and gave me a big hug.
“I just need you.” God spoke to me in my tiredness that day and every day since. His words were plain to me. This is the place God wants me. My dad needs me but God needs me to do what he’s called me to do without reservation. I can’t do what I need to do without the help of God. Instead of allowing myself to give into my tired thinking, I need to remember that my dad needs me and God has given me the Holy Spirit, His Word, and the people of God to help me. Who needs you? Is it a chore for you to serve someone? Do you get tired? Welcome to the world of humanity. The truth is we need each other to accomplish the tasks God has prepared for us to do.
When was the last time you expressed to God, “I just need you”?
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10