“Don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!” -Hebrews 12:12-13MSG
A few months ago, when I was reading through Nehemiah, I stumbled across this verse. I love it when God brings two seemingly unrelated passages together to illustrate an idea. That’s what happened in this case.
In Nehemiah, I had read about how discouraged the people had become as they considered rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall. They complained to Nehemiah: “Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, ‘The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.’” -Nehemiah 4:10 I wrote about feeling that way and what to do about it here.
But the Hebrews verses give us a new thought.
It may seem hard to believe right now, but sometimes God leads us into circumstances that are not overwhelming. In fact, we may find ourselves in an underwhelming season of life. Maybe we’re in a personal waiting season. Maybe we’ve just completed a task. Though excited about this, we’re wondering, “What’s next?”
When this is the case, when we find ourselves in an interim season of life, Hebrews 12:12-13 gives us something to do! We look around to see who’s tripping over too much rubble, and we offer our hands. We clear the path for the runners. We help the builders make room for the wall. We lift hurting people in prayer. Whatever our hands find to do for another, we do for the glory of God.
Eventually, at just the right time, God will give us our own new tasks. And if we find them overwhelming, He’ll send help from another person who is living in an interim place.
God doesn’t want us each just always doing our own thing. He wants us to work together, to learn to help each other out. Sometimes He calls us to run and build, but when He doesn’t, we’re free to remove the rubble and clear the path for someone else.
Father, please make us aware of the season we are in. If You’re given us a clear task, help us to work at it faithfully, and please send the help we need when we feel overwhelmed. If we find we have extra time on our hands, though, please help us to use it well. Show us where we can help out. Thank You for the different seasons of our lives. Give us wisdom in each, please. Amen.