“Give us help for the hard tasks; human help is worthless.” Psalm 60.11
Trying to establish a computer link into the web with a dirty telephone line is frustrating. One can scream, kick, or hit and it will not make a bit of difference. Computers do not operate on “feelings” and noise is noise.
Trying to jam a bolt into a hole that is too small, especially when trying to fit the bolt through a steel passageway is frustrating. One can scream, kick, hit, or yell and it will not help the bolt see the other side. Bolts and steel do not operate on “feeling” and the size is the size.
Trying to do the “impossible” never stopped a man from attempt. Since we operate on feelings, screaming, kicking, hitting, and yelling often appear to make a difference. I know the cliches! Problems are never just problem; problems are often opportunities waiting in disguise. The question I frequently have a problem with is when are problems truly problems and when are they just challenges? When should I let go? Where does my effort end?
In the past, I always assumed a residential telephone line was a telephone line. I trusted my computer to perform all necessary tasks in linking me to the web. Recent experiences in Tennessee proved this is not a valid assumption. To “solve” the problem I tried different telephone numbers, changed computer settings, dialed, dialed, dialed, and dialed. When this did not prove successful, I tried chatting and threatening conversation. Again, everything failed.
I wonder if I know the difference between God’s role and my own. Do I assume that God will automatically perform all the necessary tasks in our relationship? Do I believe everything will happen automatically? When things do not work do I try to “fix” the problem by myself?
David’s recognized his weaknesses and knew his limitations. Do I recognize and know my own? God responded to David’s honest plea for help. Letting God take the hard tasks is the toughest thing I can do, the only thing as well.