It was the wedding of one of
my daughters and I needed some help getting dressed. Actually, I needed a whole
lot of help getting dressed because I had just had surgery and my shoulder was
I turned to one of my
son-in-laws and asked for assistance with putting on my clothes including
buttoning my shirt, pulling up my pants and my socks, tucking in my shirt,
pulling up my zipper, putting on tie and tie clip, my suit, my sling, and then
making me look pretty by assisting with my hair. Did I forget anything?
Over the years, I have
injured both of my shoulders multiple times and one of the hardest things to do
when you injure your shoulder is to lift your hands.
Now, before you ponder taking
me in for a post-concussion examination, or call me; “Captain Obvious”, let me
assure you I have a point beyond stating the obvious.
I’m not just talking about
the ability to be able to physically lift your hands. But rather, I am talking
about being able to lift your hands to ask for help for pretty much everything
having to do with your body or your life.
And, even though you
absolutely cannot do everything by yourself and need help, it is amazing how
pride will come to the surface and attempts will be made to do it all by
When we are young we don’t
seem to mind someone else helping us get dressed or tie our shoes to anything
that requires someone else doing the work. We don’t even mind when they are
offering to do something personal. But for some reason, once we have a sense of
things that might embarrass us if we ask for help, we don’t.
And yet, we still try as
though somehow we can will the damaged muscle to be all better and work for us
without any pain. It is as bad as though we were drowning and thinking we can
rescue ourselves. And so we never lift our hands.
Truth is we need help for
things we can’t do by ourselves. We need others.
It’s bad enough that we won’t
ask for help for physical needs. But we also don’t ask for help when we are
struggling with addictions or mental health issues or anything that deals with
the mind or emotions such as low self image or depression or thoughts of
suicide. We wouldn’t even admit that our eyes are getting older and that we
can’t read without glasses!
And, unfortunately, it seems
as though the older we get or the more letters after our name or in the front
of our name (“Dr.”, “Rev.”, “pastor”, etc.) the more we believe that we can’t
ask; that we can do it , or should do it, on our own.
We also don’t ask for help
with spiritual issues that get at the core of who we really are.
And yet, we still try as
though somehow we can will our damaged souls to be all better and without any
pain. It is as bad as though we were drowning and thinking we could rescue
Truth is we need a Savior. We
need Jesus; we need Him. And we need His help.
And we need to lift up our
hands to Him; even if that means we ask others to help us to do so.
Lifting our hands in
worship is more that a tradition of certain types of worship services or
churches. It is an action that says many things including: thanks, surrender,
praise, and help! It is an acknowledgement that WE NEED HIM.
Lifting our hands
is simply a way of telling God; “I need your help, I need you!”
Or As Chris
“And I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God
You are faithful, God, forever
Let faith arise
Let faith arise”
“You’ve always been
great toward me—what love!
You snatched me from the brink of disaster!” (Psalm 86:13 MSG)
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