Everyone knows it is not very helpful to say, “If you need anything, just let me know.” Does anyone ever cash in on this offer? It’s so much more helpful to perceive a need and step in and DO something—than to stand around waiting to be called. But I think the same principle holds true in my communication with God. It’s like my perfunctory offer to a neighbor if I say in prayer, “Lord, if you need anything, just let me know. Let me know if I can help anyone.” Posed this way, I have rarely received an answer. Rather, I should say, “Here am I. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Then look for someone to help, initiate a plan and go to work. A message of love is extended even if the service misses the mark. It is a beautiful thing to observe people taking personal ownership of another’s burdens. My husband is really good at this. He tackles others’ problems with the same passion and urgency as his own. But sometimes I hesitate, fearing that my offering won’t hit the mark. Or I worry about intruding. Or hesitate because I’m not sure exactly where to begin. I can and want to improve. “God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs” (Spencer W. Kimball). To make this happen, I must be a willing recipient, and accept another’s offer to help as God’s means of blessing me. It goes both ways. I need to be a proactive agent in serving others, and a willing recipient in accepting another’s offer to help.
Which is harder for you—being an agent of service or a willing recipient?