It is my tendency to want to take care of everything on my own. “I got this” and “Don’t worry. I can handle this” seem to be phrases that come out of my mouth on a pretty regular basis.
If I’m being honest, this way of going through life works out about 82% of the time. I come into a situation with my big boy pants on and save anyone who is in trouble. I kick down the door with the Rocky theme song blaring in the background and offer myself to do whatever it takes to fix this person’s life. I might even take them out for ice cream after I rid their life of any pain or discomfort. I generally feel awesome about myself. Problem arises. I attack the problem. Problem goes away. Bam. Next please.
However, the other 18% of the time, I don’t “got this”. Life throws me something where I just have to throw my hands up and say, “Nope, I can’t handle this.”
I feel like this has been happening a ton as of late.
I have been failing. What I have to offer is just not doing the job. I sit down to comfort my wife and something is just off. I try to love on some of our Forerunners and it doesn’t take. I reach out to someone who is having a bad day and I only seem to make matters worse.
“What is going on? Why can’t I seem to make anything better?”
I think I found the reason why, and I think the bible backs me up.
Being someone’s savior is not my job. That’s not what I am called to do. Sure, I can help out. I can love on them, maybe even encourage them while we watch a baseball game or care for them while eating at a cool restaurant. But I can’t save. Not me. That’s not my job. That job belongs to God.
There is a reason why Jesus came down to earth. There is a reason why we need a savior. That reason is because we are broken. We are not God. When we try to save, we end up wearing ourselves out and possibly even making things worse than they were before.
So what is our job? I think our job is to take other people to Jesus.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
This verse doesn’t say “Go to Forerunner if you are weary.” It doesn’t recommend we go to a counselor or go to more bible studies (although those are good things). It says go to Jesus. Go to our Savior. He can handle it. He does “Got this”. It is in Him that true rest is found.
I can hear the Lord now. “Zach. Don’t worry. I can handle this. I will overwhelm all the things that are overwhelming you. I have a plan. You don’t need to know it. You don’t need to understand it. You just need to come to me. Come and talk to me. I love it when you pray to me and let me take the weight of this world off your shoulders. I love you Son. I am here for you. Let me do this for you. I want to.”
In a weird way, all the things that have been going wrong in my life might be God’s way of telling me to let Him be who He is. He wants me to allow Him to be my Savior. All I have to do is let Him. Unfortunately, that is often easier said than done...