Along with all the other words we’ve used to describe the past few months, one that applies for many of us is helpless. Normally there’s a lot of different things we can do, but with many people out of work and not making money they can donate or buy much beyond essentials, there not being things to do physically unless you’re a medical professional or scientist (it’s not like after a natural disaster that there’s cleanup to be done), and with so much closed those in the business world don’t have a lot that we can offer either. Even with whatever you may have to do at home, it’s still hard, even humbling, to know you can’t be out in the world helping others.
As I was thinking about feeling helpless today it got me thinking about how God must feel sometimes. As much as He’s God and is all seeing, knowing, and powerful, He’s given us freedoms, especially including the freedom to make our own decisions. He has to feel helpless when He sees us making decisions that aren’t going to end well, aren’t in our best interests, or will hurt us or one of His other children. Yes, sometimes God does clearly intervene or encourage us to move in one direction or another, and of course He’s got us here on earth who can be His hands and feet, but more often than not we’re left to our own devices, and He trusts in the wisdom that He put in us when He created us.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling helpless. It’s much more rewarding, encouraging and motivating when we can be helpful. I don’t know how much our lives will change in the days, weeks, months and years going forward, but since change is a given we should expect change and do our best to make those changes things that will make us less helpless in the future both individually and as a community. I also hope that these past few months have motivated us to be more helpful in more creative ways if necessary, and to listen more to what God is saying and how He is leading.