Be careful not to rob their testimony

My friend was sitting on her couch in tears telling me about the hardships her daughter was going through.

My mother sat with stacks of books on Dyslexia when my brother was diagnosed.

The defensive mom came to the “rescue” of the child who did not turn in an assignment on time.

My friend’s arms are still empty

I said “no” to those children in child services.

The adventure of the Bible is the underdog being supplied with a supernatural ability that allows the ordinary to be a part of an extraordinary purpose.

But are we praying that our loved ones won’t actually need him?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think we should pray hardship on the ones we love or not help them with trials, but as followers of Christ, we shouldn’t view it the way the world does either.

We should come alongside those given frustrating news for encouragement and strength, but we need to be careful.

We need to build them up for their testimony instead of robbing them of it.

What if Moses’s mom had popped out of the bushes (the other ones… you know… the ones that weren’t on fire with the supernatural presence of God) and made sure Moses knew that she would get him accommodations at Egyptian courts? Would Moses have heard the God of heaven say, “Who made your mouth?”

What if some of our early scientists had been told they had Dyslexia and would need help with everything from here on out? Would Einstein have been the great mathematician/scientist he was destined to be?

What if Eve had followed Cain to his sacrifice and tried to give God a good excuse as to why Cain wasn’t able to give the sacrifice God asked for?

How would our history be different if Rachel, Hannah, or Elizabeth been able to pop out babies with ease?

What if I had said “yes” to the children that visited my home that day? Would they be flourishing the way they are in their current home?

I know that I cannot honestly answer those questions, but it does change my perspective.

I am all for coming alongside to build others up for good works, but we must be careful not to try to be the answer only God can be.

The stories where the mom helped her kid don’t always make a good story and is limited to the natural.

BUT the stories where God comes through are testimonies.

Testimonies live on for ages.

Testimonies are not limited to what we can do for those we love. They are limitless because of an all-powerful God.

Testimonies destroy the enemy. (Scripture doesn’t say the same about moms.)

Get in the fight ladies, and let’s get our perspectives right.

Let’s get our eyes on Jesus, and get our people to him.

Start dropping them through roofs while dropping them off for speech therapy.

Chase after Jesus as you chase after the new Dyslexia helps.

Help them get accountability instead of excuses.

Call on the Creator of the universe while you call your friend to help her heart.

Say your “nos” or “yeses” with the clarity only God’s promises can give you, and trust that he is the one that sets the solitary in families and not you.

Oh, friends, we struggle here, but we know that difficult times in our loved one’s life need Jesus FAR MORE than it needs you or me.

And I can’t wait to hear the testimony.

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  1. Yep. Needed this wise reminder. The principles you discuss are true, which of course, cause them to work! God has given me and my husband powerful testimonies through economic and physical difficulty. The church body helped us through and loved us. And they still do! And God is giving us repeated opportunity to tell of his goodness because of those
    Trials. Even as a mom of adults my desire is to ” rescue” a loved one from hurt. But I know the wise mother only comes alongside to lovingly lend a hand or place a hand on the back and whisper “You can do it,with God’s help”

    Thanks for the reminder. And btw. YOU can do it! He is with you and we are here to help!

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