Letters to Jesus (Similes, Metaphors & Paradoxes)- 3
We struggle mightily to construct metaphors, analogies, and images that help us understand You. The fact that most of them only brush the tip of the iceberg or, more likely, miss completely, does not deter us from trying.
Here’s another futile attempt: Why is it that we seldom, if ever, picture God as someone who is saying, “Can I have a little help here?” You have put all of creation as we know it in our care. We have been made the custodians of LIFE in capital letters. We have been given each other to care for and love, yet in all these instances we keep putting it all back on You. I can’t help but picturing You saying, “Can I have a little help here?” I also can’t help picturing how many times we ignore such a request.
There is a reason attached to redemption for which Your father sent You into the midst of humanity – that we might learn how to participate in our own redemption. In reality God needs no help but by sending You to teach us how to live He demonstrates, I think, that He welcomes our help. If that were not so why would You have taught us what You did?
The old saying, ”God helps those who help themselves,” [and others] is homespun wisdom derived from the conclusion that God, indeed, could use a little help here. The controversy of the efficacy of faith over actions, or vice versa, comes into play too. God wants us to believe in Him, but He does not want us to do nothing about it. To make Him present in the world by what we say and do is the help God wants.