Helpless babes remind us how we used to be. We were very needy little boys and girls when we cried for food and for a change of diaper. Little children are that way. They cannot survive without a caregiver.
However, time moves on, and as we mature into adulthood we find ourselves perhaps reluctant to acknowledge a need. Meanwhile we’ve been taught how to depend on ourselves. Maybe on top of that we ran into some unreliable people, and now we will try even harder to become more and more self-sufficient. So, we work hard, we get insured, we save money, and spend a lot of time developing various systems designed to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Good luck with that one! Ever noticed that even the best systems have its limitations? In the end, self-reliant people are doomed to get disappointed and very frustrated.
Entering God into the equation of life is like a breath of fresh air. We are so much better off realizing our need for God. A shift of our world view happens as soon as we start relying on God. A follower of Jesus, whose name is John, wrote about reliance on God’s love in one of his letters (1 John 4:16):
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
We all need God’s love. Similar to little children who need their parents, we cannot live without Him. His absence promotes dysfunction in literally every area of our lives. On the other hand, His presence will definitely pull us through our darkest hours – we only need to open up to Him and let Him in. When we are down and out and reach out to God He will become our refuge and strength. His love will encourage us; His Spirit will lead us. And maybe at a later time, when we are privileged to be on the mountain top of success we will remember how we got there in the first place. You guessed it: by the grace of God. It’s a great thing to realize, isn’t it? Humility rocks!
By the way, humility is a crown best worn on mentioned mountain top, and here is why: it helps us stay grounded. All mountain tops will eventually pass. Just around the corner new experiences and unknown challenges are waiting for us; and armed with humility we will have a better chance of negotiating the rough territory of life’s crazy surprises.
Realizing that we are not self-made is a God-given light bulb moment. I personally had this light bulb moment as a teenager when I asked God to introduce Himself to me. He did when I realized that He truly exists and that I am indeed His creation.
Our first step into humility is to notice that we are in fact created. Our second step is to realize that we are incomplete. God created us, and He completes us. The more this truth sinks in, the humbler we become.
A happy side-effect: a humble person will actually notice when someone is down. They are “rainy day people” who can relate because they’ve been through a rain storm or two (I am using Gordon Lightfoot’s endearing terminology here). Humility transforms us into human beings genuinely interested in other people, which is akin to God’s interest in people. And if we handle people with care God profoundly delights in us, and He will in turn bless us wherever we go.
“Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you,
They’ve been down like you.
Rainy day people don’t mind
If you’re cryin’ a tear or two.” (Gordon Lightfoot)