I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
The thing about trying to be Superwoman is that you second guess the need for help. You know you need help. Your body and heart cry out for help, but your brain keeps saying, “You got this.” A wrestling match takes place as your heart and limbs say, “I can’t do this alone. I need help,” and your brain calls them all kinds of names like, “weakling and baby” and even argues, “You got yourself into this mess now get yourself out of it.” Take for example a recent afternoon when I had one more Christmas gift to make. My brain said, “Let’s get this knocked out so you can clean up this mess.” My arms said, “We’re tired.” My heart said, “But we have to leave for a Christmas celebration in an hour. There is a salad to make and presents to wrap.” My brain replied, “You can get it all done; you are superwoman!” But, I knew I wasn’t. I also knew that I could ask for help. After all, I have four other adults in the house with me. But, my brain kept saying I was superwoman. Besides, I had gotten myself into the last minute deadlines; I could just get myself out of them. It wasn’t fair to ask for help when I could have managed my time better. Finally, after the inner war made me break out into a sweat, I called in the troops. M. wrapped gifts, while older son made the salad. Husband swept the floor, and I finished the last gift. By the time we left, I was much more relaxed and no one seemed to have been inconvenienced. At least, they didn’t let on. They even acted glad to help. You see, the thing about being Superwoman is you cheat people out of the satisfaction of work that makes them feel satisfied and needed. Superwoman stands alone. Humans in need stand together. The same scenario exists with our relationship to God. How many times do we say, “I got myself into this; it is not right to ask God to get me out of it?” We even have the mentality to think God gets offended by our repeated requests for help. We couldn’t be more wrong. God delights in helping us. It creates in us a dependence upon Him that deepens our relationship. Don’t be ashamed to ask Him for help.