"Do you need anything?"
"Well let me know if you need anything."
"Is there anything I can do for you?"
I've used those very phrases and I've been asked the same.
How are you supposed to answer those types of questions anyways? None of us want to admit that we need help...even when we desperately do. There's several variations of the answer, but they all typically sound something like this- "Oh, I'm okay. But thanks."
Last night was a hard night for me. Morning sickness isn't just a morning thing for me. In fact, nights are usually the hardest for me. Last night was especially hard. I was awake from 1:30am - 5:30am. I hate vomitting, but last night I wanted nothing more than to just vomit. I was in so much pain!
I hate asking for help, but I was seriously considering calling my mom. Would I have asked for help- probably not. I know she's got things of her own to take care of.
Well this morning I got a txt from a friend, Rebecca Duncan. She wanted to know if she could come pick up my boys. And then followed that up with a txt that said something along the lines of 'by the way, I'm already here.'
Rebecca had no idea that I hadn't slept last night. She didn't know that I wanted help, but probably wouldn't ask for it. Maybe she thought she was just taking her turn with my boys (we usually alternate weeks of watching each other's boys on Friday. My boys love it!) But there she was...not on a Friday, but on a day when I needed it! She was inspired. I believe she was led by the spirit.
And this spurred my thoughts. I thought about the times when people had acted on my behalf and seemed to be inspired or led in their actions. None of these people asked what they could do. They just acted. They just did something.
And this leads to my theory- we most often become instruments in the Lord's hands when we are more proactive & sincere and act, not just ask. When we are in motion The Lord sees that we are serious & sincere about being used. What are we telling The Lord when we just offer to help?