Psalm 34:4-5, "I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."
2 Corinthians 12:9, "But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
If the enemy had his way, each of us would feel like the only one on earth who needed help. But, too often, we feel isolated because we're not willing to ask for help. And we don't ask for help because we'd rather stay sick. We're afraid that if we tell others, we'll have to relinquish control. And God? Sure, we say we want Him to take the reins, but we keep a firm (often white-knuckle) grip on our secret, so we won't have to change.
Fear drives our need for secrecy. We fear every possible outcome - rejection, exposure, failure. Instead of asking for help, we quickly assume every negative "what-if." What if others think we're weak? What if they turn their backs on us? What if I can't do it?
But, here's a new "what if." What if we find acceptance, grace, unconditional love, and healing? And isn't asking for help the opposite of weakness? Think about it. What takes more courage: speaking out or staying silent? Being comfortable or making progress?
When we admit our need for help, when we let go of our secret and allow God to work in that space, His power is perfected in our weakness. When we are weak, He is strong! So, ask for help! See yourself through the lens of Scripture. From that place of need, you'll find Jesus - who loves you just as you are!
What do you fear most about giving up control? What lie might be woven into that fear? Allow God to work by taking one small step to relinquish control. Consider opening up to a trusted confidant about what you're going through.
Dear Lord, I admit that I need help. In Your strength, I can overcome my fear of change. Give me the courage to seek wise counsel and to see myself through the lens of Your Word. I am accepted, covered by grace, and loved unconditionally, just as I am. In Jesus' name, Amen.