A dad watched as his five year old son struggled to twist open a new jar of play-doh. “Use all your strength,” encouraged the father. “I’m trying,” said the child. The dad watched and waited a while longer. Clearly the child was too weak to meet the task. “You’re not using ALL your strength,” said the father. “But I am!” the child protested. “I’m trying with all my strength!”
The dad leaned in low, looked the child in the eyes and lovingly said, “No… You’re not using ALL your strength, because you haven’t asked me to help you.” The dad took the jar and in one effortless twist opened it.
How often, and how seemingly easy, it is for us to forget that God is our Strength, our ever-present Help in time of need. We love Him. We know He is right there with us, and we want to please Him. We want to serve Him. But we find our Strength to do so is limited. In frustration, we double down, grit our teeth and try harder. But we forget to turn to Him and surrender the task into His Hands, for He too – and above all — is our Strength and our Shield.
This past Sunday Shant Manuel reminded us of the boy who surrendered his lunch to Jesus. In Jesus’ hands that small offering fed thousands – with leftovers to spare…. leftovers greater than the initial surrendered supply.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7
“When they had all had enough to eat… they… filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” – John 6:12, 13
Do you remember what God asked Moses?
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’” – Exod. 4:2
What is in your hand today? Give it to the Father and watch Him do wonders!