You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

 

Your help is right here waiting for you!

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15, KJV)

 

I don’t know about you, but when I was little girl, my big brother and I would get excited each week as another night of WWF wrestling began (this is what we now consider our golden age of wrestling, when everything was real and two little kids from northern Ohio could be as strong as their flamboyantly dressed heroes.) If it was a special occasion, we might see tag team duos join forces to overtake the bad guys (who changed from week to week). It’s not that the wrestlers couldn’t handle the random attacks (hands, elbows, fists, folded chairs, ladders, etc.) on their own, but it was handy to have backup when dealing with especially viscous competitors.

All you had to do was extend your hand, touch any part of your partner’s hand, and they’d trade places with you, thoroughly laying the smack down to your opponent. Sometimes your enemy had you in a sleeper hold, figure-4, or other compromising position, making it almost impossible to reach your help, but if you had the will, there was always a way. There was your tag-team partner, getting as close as the law would allow, without coming into the ring illegally, leading to penalty. It was fighting, but fighting as fairly as possible (most of the time). We waited with baited breath one evening as our heroes struggled to connect…but then it happened, touching just fingertip to fingertip our heroes made contact, and were both in the ring.  The electricity was palpable as the second half of the duo would slipped between the ropes and commenced the takeover. The previously semi-conscious partner was now free, able to breathe, miraculously regain their strength and provide alternating smacks to the opponent.

During an especially stressful moment today, when everything seemed to be weighing down on me, I thought, “I could really use some backup. I can’t do all of this alone.” Then I was reminded that I am not in this alone. That I have somewhere to cast my cares, someone who has already overcome the world. A calm settled in as I remembered Whose I am. When times get tough, don’t forget to extend your hand and reach for the one who’s got your back. Jesus/Yeshua promised to never leave us nor forsake us. “Why doesn’t Jesus just take over” you ask? Well, because every time you decide to go it alone, you are slapping your partner’s hand away. If life has you in a sleeper hold or a figure-4, just extend your hand. Jesus will meet you wherever you are. You don’t have to go it alone.

 

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