Maybe I can help…
I have become more painfully aware lately of my need for people to reach out to me, to ask to hear what’s troubling me and to sincerely listen, and to offer hugs of support, or physical touch, in addition to their words of encouragement. There are times in life when we need others to dare to initiate with, and engage, us, instead of depending on us to ask for help from them. Sometimes, a person is simply too weary and spent to initiate and reach out to others for help.
I say this with full knowledge that I also need to be more aware of reaching out to others who are at that point of need, however, I’ve been at the end of myself and have realized I have nothing more to give other than to my family, because that is my duty, or to my very closest friends, because they are so close to me that their needs are quite obvious and my heart is drawn to help them. A part of me still longs to reach out and help others, as well, but I know my limitations, my strengths and weaknesses, and I know when I can’t say “yes” or extend myself further.
Jesus’ experiences have been on my mind this past week. Thinking of the verse I posted yesterday (Is 53:4-5 It was our grief He bore, our sorrows that weighed him down….He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was chastised that we might have peace; He was lashed – and we were healed! The Living Bible), I was reminded of the loneliness Jesus felt in His time of greatest need, as He labored in prayer in the Garden and the disciples slept. He understands our need for people in our lives to be there for us and how our hearts can hurt with longing for the physical presence of others in our most trying times, for “Jesus with flesh on”. How he must have ached for the disciples, His closest companions, to initiate with Him that night, to help Him carry His emotional burdens without having to ask them to do so….
….yet, they were caught up in their own humanity, as are we. He understands all of that, our deepest longings for human contact and support, as well as our failings to be there for one another as we struggle with our own human “stuff”. He gives us grace and mercy in the midst of it all, and He is continually Emmanuel, God with us. He will provide for our every need and longing, if we will let Him and cease trying to fill all those longings for ourselves, quit trying to find a way to satisfy our own aching hearts, and rest in trust of Him and His provisions for us.
Yes, sometimes that resting and trusting comes in the form of us feeling our grief and letting Him hold us, still other times, it requires us to reach out for the help we need, even if it be with our last ounce of strength.
I’m a person who wants to be here for you if you find yourself needing someone to listen, someone to help you sort through your chaos and make a plan to move forward out of a position where you find yourself stuck. That’s what Life Coaching is all about, and I would be honored to be here for you in that way.
If you would like to know more about this, open the About section of this blog and explore my page on Pieces Coaching. Contact me and let me know how we might be able to work together to enable you to move forward towards the purposes God desires for you in your life. I understand where you are, and I would be glad to represent Christ to you, to be “Jesus with flesh on” …. because that’s what we are called to do as His disciples, to embody Emmanuel, God with us.
Blessings of joy and peace for your Christmastime!