February 11, 2011

Plan A

When I'm struggling, I want God to "zap" me and make me feel better. Don't you?

If you're anything like me, you don't like to ask other people for help, for then, we think, we'd just be a burden or a Debbie Downer.

But what if God "zaps" us through the help of others carrying our load? Galatians 6:4's instruction to bear each others burdens--a word meaning something too heavy for one person to carry alone--seems to indicate we should be sharing our heart-level needs with others. And doing the heavy lifting with theirs as well.

In How People Grow, the authors say that biblical and effective growth must include the Body of Christ:

I thought that when God supernaturally intervened and healed, it was Plan A. And this was true spiritual healing. When God used people to heal, it was the "inferior," although effective, Plan B. 
Then, one day I made a discovery in Scripture that changed my way of viewing Plan B: "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Eph 4:16). 
Not only was it true that "God uses people too," but this was not Plan B or second rate at all! In fact, people helping people was Plan A! The Bible said so. Not only that, but it was not just people doing it. It was God himself! God was working directly through people when they were helping me. So Plan B was the original Plan A after all."

Have you ever carried a burden by yourself, stumbling along, begging for God to make it all better? I have. But I discovered that by (finally) asking trusted, faithful believers for help carrying the load, God answered. I'm sharing about it over at In(courage) today. I hope you'll join me there!