Not Only Me
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, "choose some men for us and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword. Exodus 17: 8-13 (NRSV).
Sometimes it feels like you're the only one who can, and is willing, to do a job for the Lord. Sometimes that job can become too much for one. Moses found that out when Israel went to battle against Amalek. Cameron Catanzano, from California, found that out in his senior year of high school. He coordinated the worship bands for his junior high, high-school, and homeless ministries. He gave guitar lessons to children and played bass for another church on Wednesday nights. When his high-school ministry was without a pastor for several months, Cameron saw the pain of his friends and decided to do whatever it took to keep that ministry going. But like Moses, his arms were getting tired.
Cameron became caught up in the illusion that all of this responsibility was his alone. Too many times through the years, he thought that God wanted him to hold things up all on his own. But he was forgetting that though God could use him, God would never use only him. Even Moses needed Aaron and Hur to help him hold up the staff; Cameron was trying to hold up too many ministries all on his own.
He wanted to be the one who did everything for God, but that was impossible for him nor was it what God expected from him. No single one of us can sustain God's work; instead we are blessed with our community of faith. If we can learn to lean on the Lord and the church, together truly amazing things can be accomplished.
So remember when you feel like a Moses, that even Moses needed people to help him. Reach out to your church family and ask for assistance when needed. Everyone needs a break at some point in time. And, if you are a member of the church family, then be ready to lend your assistance when needed. It goes both ways and we all need to do our part.
Prayer: dear Lord, open us to accept the help of others to do the good work that you have called us to do and open us to be willing to help others out when needed, in Jesus' name, amen.