By my power I will make my people strong, and by my authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Zechariah 10:12)
Relate: “That’s OK, I’ve got this,” Famous last words. They belong right up there with, “Hey, watch this!” and “I wonder what would happen if…” I have been showing the Ice Age Christmas movie to my first and second-grade classes this week. In the movie, Sid, Peaches, and those two rodents are on the way to the North Pole to meet Santa. Peaches wants to prove to her dad that Santa really does exist. The other three want to get off the Naughty list. As they are traveling, the weather gets so bad they can barely see each other. Sid directs everyone to link up with him leading because: “I have an excellent sense of direction.” He walks them all right off a cliff.
Fortunately, Prancer happens to be there to rescue them before landing. After he carries them all to the top and everybody is introduced, he offers to lead them to the North Pole himself. Sid’s response, “That’s OK. I got this.” He then walks right off the exact same cliff.
React: The movie is obviously playing right into a typical male stereotype. Men don’t ask for directions. In fact, they shun them. We know where we are going… even when we don’t. We don’t even accept directions when they come included in the packaging. I can open that box up, look at the pieces, and figure it out all by myself. I don’t need to bother with the assembly manual. That thing is for amateurs. Three hours and one headache later…
I like to say, “By my power, I will make myself strong. By my authority, I will go wherever I wish.” Of course, I would never say that with actual words. I know how arrogant it sounds. No, I simply say it with my attitude and actions. I hate admitting that I need help. I hate needing to rely on someone else’s strength. The problem is, as long as I insist on doing it all myself I will never truly be able to tap into the strength and the authority He has guaranteed me. What tasks do I need to shoulder this year that will require His strength? What doors do I need open that will require His authority? On my own, it is not OK. I don’t got this.
This coming year, help me to rely ever more on Your strength and to walk more fully under Your authority. I am tired of trying and failing to do it on my own. Give me the humility to get out of the driver’s seat. Give me the strength to admit my weaknesses. You have so much more in store for me than I am seeing. So help me to get out of the way. You got this.