Societal ills are easy to spot, aren’t they? From problems in education to failures in addressing mental health concerns; From homelessness to hungriness, unemployment to under-employment—you name the category and within it will reside a laundry list of shortcomings waiting to be addressed. It can be overwhelming, especially if you sincerely care for the wellbeing of others.
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. —Luke 10:2
There was a time in my life when I had worked myself into utter exhaustion under the guise of community service…or dare I say, Christian service. I was so tired emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually that I needed to put myself in a timeout. Yes, I needed to go and sit in a corner, facing a wall and think about what got me here. I needed to find a place where I was not being distracted by the work that needed to be done because I had just enough confidence to think, “I can do it.” I needed to settle and center myself so that I could hear God’s voice.
Yes, within me He has stirred a genuine love for people. Yes, within me He has placed a sizable amount of assurance. During this time, however, He was developing within me a deeper understanding of what and with whom I am to work. I, also, needed to be clear about where within His field He assigned me to work.
Prior to my timeout session, I would do things because I could. If there was a problem and if I could help, I would. An interesting thing happened, however, once I became depleted. I prayed often and unapologetically for strength, clarity, and help.
Admittedly, it felt good being revitalized—so good, in fact, I needed to be reminded to get back in the field. Just like I had learned to pray for help, others were praying for me to help. Have you ever showed up at a place and knew that somebody prayed for you to be there? You may not know who prayed (—and they may not know that it was you who they prayed for—), but you knew somebody did. Such knowledge confirms responsibility.
As a Christian, I understand that there is work to do. I understand that I am a servant, a worker. (Faith without works is dead. —Read James) I understand that the Body needs all of its parts to function most efficiently and effectively. It is my constant prayer for workers, for help, for Family to join me in God’s harvest field where there is much work to do. We may not work in the same area, but looking across the valleys and plains, seeing and knowing that you are too working, not only makes things easier for me, but it also encourages my soul. I can only hope that when you look over at me the feeling is mutual. Pray.