INTRODUCTION: Bob and Jeanette Lauer facilitate a large Sunday school class on our campus, which has been suspended during the COVID19 crisis. In lieu of meetings, they send out a weekly letter to the group. Enjoy this week’s Holy Spirit wisdom through Bob and Jeanette. Soon these letters will be replaced with a weekly video teaching series, stay tuned for a September launch.
Pastor Dr Bryan Stamper
August 5th, 2020
You may have heard the old story of the parents shopping for a new toy for their young son and asking the clerk for recommendations. He showed them a box that contained an “educational” toy. “It’s designed”, he explained, “to help your child adjust to living in the world today—any way he puts it together is wrong.” We like this story because it reminds us that the world is always a messed-up affair badly in need of repair. We also like the story because it reminds us that we need help in dealing with our messed-up world.
Our grandson, David, illustrated these points for us when he was seven, the youngest of three children. In most ways, he had a privileged life. He wasn’t yet concerned about world affairs, and he was part of a loving family. But one day Bob took him to the park for an outing. On the way, David suddenly asked: “Grandpa, what’s it like to be tall?” Ignoring Bob’s response, he went on: “Life is tough when you’re short. You have an older sister who bosses you and an older brother who teases you. Life is really tough when you’re short.”
David’s world needed repair. And he sought help from his grandpa. We’re happy to report that he has dealt well with his world. He is now in his twenties and at 6’6” is the tallest in the family. Yet, we’re sure, he has discovered that life is tough whether you’re tall or short.
You probably don’t need to be reminded that our world is in need of repair and that you could use a bit of help as well. You may or may not need a human therapist, but you can always profit by spiritual therapy. “Where does my help come from?” the Psalmist asked. “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). We’d like to suggest two ways to use God’s help. One is based on the fact that therapists spend a good deal of time just listening. Freud called psychoanalysis the “talking cure,” because patients found themselves getting better simply by honestly sharing their feelings and struggles in detail. So try an extended therapy session with God. Let God be your therapist, as you share with Him a detailed account of your fears, your anxieties, your struggles, your hopes, and your desires.
And another way to use God’s help is to engage in acts of love for others. Perhaps an affirmation by card, a call, or an e-mail to someone. Or a gift to some charity, such as St. Jude or a local food bank. Or sharing an inspiring story with friends on Facebook. Any expression of your concern for others is therapeutic for you as well as for them. When we love, God blesses both the lover and the one loved. Everyone wins!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1-2)
Bob and Jeanette