I saw the following picture show up in my Facebook feed recently:
I want this to be true, because it sounds very spiritual and lovely and zen, but the truth is, I just don’t believe it.
Monday was a rough day. I received some distressing news in the morning and it completely wiped me out. I prayed about it for a while, because that’s what I’m supposed to do and because I believe that God wants to hear about my life, but the prayer alone wasn’t cutting it. The burden still felt very heavy; my heart weighed down by sorrow.
So I did what I do and I posted a quick update on Twitter and Facebook asking for people to pray. I didn’t say what it was about or give any direction, I just said that it was a rough day and I needed some prayer.
And my friends responded.
Messages, texts, phone calls. Responses from people who know me personally and who have put their arms around me in a real embrace. And responses from people who know me only through my words online and who have only ever been able to hug me through brackets on a screen. Regardless of the origins of our relationship, people in my life responded with prayers and encouragement.
When I felt alone, they surrounded me. When things seemed dark, they offered a light. When I was hurting, they offered a balm.
I needed them.
I’m tired of this guilt that we pour on one another and ourselves when we say that we don’t need anything or anyone other than God. I believe it is one of the most toxic lies that we tell.
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12, ESV
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18, ESV
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2, NIV
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:12-14, NIV
We have confused the command to have no other gods with the idea that we’re supposed to rely solely on God. We have conflated the idea that we should give our burdens to Jesus with our reluctance to burden others. We have taken the American idea of self-reliance and falsely applied it to God.
This is not right.
We have always been made for one another. We need more than “just God.”
The person who is contemplating suicide needs more.
The person who is battling addiction needs more.
The family that is facing eviction needs more.
We all need more.
I don’t think God is enough. But I don’t think that it was ever supposed to be that way.
What do you think? Am I reading too much into what is supposed to be just a nice little inspirational picture? Is God really enough for you?