There’s lots of fun information, websites & youtube videos on how to do stuff. Indeed, one of my children considered themselves to be an expert with turkey brining having watched a few instructional videos on youtube. Alas, this child’s turkey brining efforts were less than expert on their first effort, even though this child was highly convinced about their proficiency. They made it abundantly clear that my help wasn’t needed nor appreciated – until the disaster was in full execution mode.
This is also what I sense the Holy Spirit telling me. Rather than trying to Do It Myself (DIM), it would be a brighter decision to ask for Divine Help. This means I’m deciding to be open for the Holy Spirit to be my Help, Guide, Truth, Wisdom, Strength, Comfort, . . . .
When I was growing up, I was a junkie for all books that told you how to do stuff. I loved the books that would teach you how to cook various things, how to fix stuff & I even bought the VW repair & partsmanuals for my VW rabbit & golf. I still like things that teaches me how to do various stuff – YouTube videos, diy websites, books, etc.
The longer I live however, the more I learn that I don’t know how to do stuff. I don’t know how to navigate the teen years with my kids, I struggle to get the wife thing right, I’m challenged in my job to be a better leader, I wrestle with various friendship challenges & above all, I desperately want to do well in my daily walk with God. Alas, manuals, self-help books, websites, blogs, videos etc can only help with this stuff in limited amounts. I still come to the place, more than I like, when I don’t know how to do these things well or with agility.
From a broad perspective, it’s good that I don’t know how to do this stuff as well as I want. It’s good because I’m forced to rely on the Holy Spirit to teach & guide me & that my friends is the best thing we could have in our entire existence. We don’t know how because we have the ultimate teacher living with us everyday & available to teach us how 🙂
I did a home painting project last week & let’s just say there won’t be a professional painting career in my near future. My husband checked it out & immediately saw some obvious mistakes. Of course I wanted more affirmation than his constructive observations but that’s for a different blog ,)
The challenge with painting is to “cut” the edges & have sharp, clean lines along the corners, ceiling, baseboards, etc. It’s amateur hour when the lines are crooked or the baseboards are speckled.
Sometimes I think we try to “cut” God into our lives with bright lines, rigid corners, clean baseboards & distinct compartments. If God were looking through the lens of life at my recent painting adventure, maybe God would applaud the bleed, messy corners & paint splatters. Perhaps God wants to bleed into more of or lives & get messy with us as we do our daily living. Don’t cut God out of any place in your life 🙂
If you come to my house, I can show you a series of “do-it-yourself” shortfalls:
attempts to clean up melted wax that’s been infused into our white carpet
katty whompus wallpaper that hangs neither horizontal nor vertical
I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s a reason we have experts for house projects & the same principle is equally true for the stuff with which I struggle in my heart. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to be our counsellor and stop trying to fix ourselves with no Help. You and I need more Help than the DIY approach 🙂