Working Together

Crash! Topple! Bang! Those are the sounds that usually greeted me almost every time I ventured into our garage. Some overfilled box or bulging container always seemed to get knocked over or slide off a precarious stack somewhere. The clutter had even reached the point where it was difficult to get our van to fit properly, and even when I could manage to get in far enough, the car often door bumped into part of the collection of miscellaneous items that had slowly congregated on the floor between our vehicles. Yea, you could say our garage was long overdue to be cleaned!

clutterSo recently, my husband, Clif, took advantage of the warm weather and spent time sorting, stacking, rearranging and throwing a lot of stuff away. In the process of organizing, he actually amassed a fairly large conglomeration of useful things that needed to be relocated. Herding them into a nice neat mound in the center of my parking space, he intended for our four kids to finish the last bit of the project by moving the salvaged items to their new home in the basement. After calling out instructions about where to put everything, he left to attend to other tasks.

As you might have guessed, the kids didn’t exactly leap out to the garage. In fact, it didn’t get done at all that day… or the next … or the next. More insistent instructions were given… again without compliance. Another few days passed … then a week.

Woodall, Karen_053-2By the time the third week of parking my van in the driveway and stepping around the pile came and went, I decided a different approach was in order. Instead of directing them to go and do the job themselves, I asked them to join me in the relocation project. It was amazing. There was no stalling, no complaining, no resisting, and in less than 45 minutes, the pile was moved and my van was back in the garage with plenty of walking space all around…. and I even had a few laughs with my kids in the process!

As I went into the house to hang up my keys, it occurred to me that I was glad Jesus didn’t just lay out a list of assignments and send me to do them alone. Instead, when there’s a task to be done, He invites me join Him in accomplishing the work together!

In his foundational book, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says…

The Lord doesn’t send us off like an errand boy. He intends to accompany us on the journey. He wants us to continually heed His voice and go with Him one day at a time. As long as we walk daily with Christ, we will always … end up where He wants us to be.”

That’s a whole different way of looking at our relationship with the Lord than most believers have. He doesn’t expect us to do anything by ourselves. In fact, He knows that even with our best efforts, we are unable to achieve anything of lasting eternal value. That’s because truly spiritual things can only be accomplished through the power of and in harmony with the Spirit of God.

So if you’ve been avoiding obligations and responsibilities that feel too big for you to move on your own, stop procrastinating!  Take the Lord’s hand and tackle the work together!  You’ll do a better job with Him than you can ever do alone, and you might find you enjoy it more in the process!

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him
because He abides with you and will be in you.
~ John 14:16-17

12 thoughts on “Working Together

  1. I am most thankful “the Lord doesn’t send us off like an errand boy. He intends to accompany us on the journey.” As long as He accompanies us as we journey we will always end up at the right place

    1. me too! I think most of us have seen the mess we make when left to “do it alone.” grateful for His presence! Thanks Dr. Daniel!

  2. I love your analogy and the message that we are not alone. It is so reassuring to have someone not only do the hard things with us, but also show us the Path that we may take and follow. What a loving Savior we have and how blessed are we for His tender mercies!

  3. I love how you heard His suggestion to you about asking your kids to help you and in the process He speaks further to your heart and you enter into a deeper understanding of all He wants to give to you, build in you and establish His image in! Great job!

    1. thanks for pointing that out Jeannie! I wonder how much we miss when we’re too busy to listen to His still, small voice, guiding us to not only accomplish tasks better, but to know Him more deeply!

    1. I think feelings of isolation are prime tools of the enemy! I have to regularly “renew my mind” to remind myself that He never leaves nor forsakes me. Thanks for reading, Jennifer!

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