A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic bucket, and a shiny, red plastic shovel.
In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox.
The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With a little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the large rock across the sandbox by using his feet.
When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, he found that he couldn’t roll it over the wall of sandbox.
Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and fell back into the sandbox.
The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, & shoved, but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his fragile fingers.
Finally he burst into tears of frustration.
All this time the boy’s father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox.
It was the boy’s father. Gently but firmly he said, “Son, why didn’t you use all the strength that you had available?”
Defeated, the boy sobbed back, “But I did dad, I did! I used all the strength that I had!”
“No, son,” corrected the father kindly. “You didn’t use all the strength you had.”
“You didn’t ask me.”
With that the father reached down, picked up the rock and removed it from the sandbox.
Do you have ‘rocks’ in your life that need to be removed? Are you discovering that you don’t have what it takes to lift them?
There is always someone available to you and who is willing to give you the strength and support you need.
Aside from friends, colleagues and mentors, we have a Father who is our present help in time of need.
He is our ultimate source of help, reach out to Him in prayers.
Question – Why do people have difficulty asking for help?