Depending on the situation, not asking for help can have severe consequences. I was lucky. This season of staying at home and dealing with a pandemic has put an extra weight on many. It is a season where you might need help. You might be overwhelmed trying to keep up with housework and regular work. You might be questioning your sanity as you spend 24/7 with your kids and spouse or spending 24/7 by yourself. Maybe you lost your job and don't know how you will pay next month's rent. Or maybe this isolation has brought up anger or anxiety issues.
It started me thinking about why we don't like to ask for help. Some reasons could be any of the following.
- We don't want to impose on others who are already busy.
- We don't want to seem weak or "stupid".
- We don't want to be rejected or have been rejected in the past.
- We got ourselves in this mess so we need to get out of it on our own.
The thing is I like to help people. I don't mind others asking me for help. I don't think less of them or that they are imposing. If I can help, I will. That is what friends do, they help each other out. So why would I think that my friends or even family wouldn't feel the same way? Because I am believing a lie that I am not enough or loved enough for people to want to help. Isn't that what all those reasons are really saying? Can you relate?
Do you need help? If so, what's keeping you from asking for help? I may not be able to help you out in person, but I would love to pray for you. Psalm 121: 2 reminds us that our help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and earth. Even now I pray that God will give you the peace and answers that you need. I pray that you will see the people He has placed in your life that are willing to lend a helping hand or listening ear. I pray that God will bless you this day.