"I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me."
I gotta a question for you. What is the shortest prayer? I've got a inkling it is the simple word "Help!" This is one prayer that is in each of our vocabularies that is called out often.
I prayed this simple prayer recently. With the holidays bearing down, there are many duties on an academic standpoint. Grades need closing, conferences need attending, class gift exchange needs to be posted, and the Christmas party needs a nudge. Not to mention many of the same duties need to be attended at home as well with a family members waiting each evening as I return filled with holiday spirit. But lately there is no energy to make my home a Christmas home when I pass through that door each evening.
"Help!" I prayed Saturday morning.
Throughout the Bible, God's people called out for help, including Moses. At one point he was leading a couple of million Jews out of Egypt. In Numbers 11 the Israelites had grown sick of only eating manna day in and day out. They wanted fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic they once had in Egypt. Verse 10 states that Moses heard EVERY family wailing outside their tents one day for food. At one point Moses had enough and complained himself:
Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of tall these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land YOU promised on oath to their forefathers? Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, "Give us meat to eat!" I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. (Numbers 11:11-14)
Moses prayer can be summed up in one word "HELP!"
God's answer was simple and immediate. He instructed Moses to appoint seventy elders, and then God put the Spirit in them. God didn't remove Moses from the situation, but he did appoint him helpers.
When I yelled "HELP!" on Saturday morning my priorities immediately became clear. I was overwhelmed with everything that was being asked of me, it felt as though 50 lbs. of bricks were placed in a burlap bag, and I was to tote them to and fro each day. With the mere word of help, many of those bricks fell. All of a sudden those few bricks that were left were clear as day. These were the ONLY bricks that needed tending. Why was I adding more? Sometimes we make mountains out of mole hills without realizing it.