At the girls’ camp, mom did a presentation on Sarai / Sarah and her life. After the story time, she asked a question:
“Should we help God? If yes, how? If no, why not?”
Sarah thought that she’s going to “make things easier” for God by inventing a clever way of how old Abe can become a daddy in his old age. “Hey, come here, hubby, I’ve got an idea. I’ve got that maid servant… Well, you know, I am old, God said you’ll have lots of kids… Well, you get my drift, don’t you?”
And just like Adam decided to follow Eve’s advice (which did not appeal to reason considering the circumstances), so did Abraham. (Amazes me, really, how much power we, women, got over guys).
Soon, Sarah and Abraham found out that God didn’t need their help.
… The girls got divided into groups and all went to find a place where to discuss the question. There were a lot of “politically-correct” answers like “No, we should not help God” and a bit of discussion. However, I like to muddy the waters. I held in check what kind of questions I asked because I did not want to confuse the girls (who were ages 13 – 16, mostly), but I wanted to get their brains thinking.
“Why is helping God so wrong? Is there a way how we can actually help God?”
They looked at me, surprised that I did not say something that fit into the mold (personally, I hate “squirell questions,” but that’s a whole other story).
“Well, like Zhenya said, we should trust God – that is how we can help Him. He will not act against our will (unless it’s something that we REALLY need) and He actually needs us to allow Him to work in our lives. That goes for waiting for the right guy, finding a job, living our life. If we want God to help us, we need to help Him by allowing Him to work in our lives. That’s it – all other “help” on our part is only going to hurt us and others.”
It was a good lesson, I think. Even though I talked during the discussion (and later got appointed to be the spokesperson for our team to present our opinion), I have reminded myself that I should not try to “help” God.
Have you ever tried to “help” God only to discover later that you didn’t help at all?