Another driver was in need, this time a broken down bus. I could hear the concern in the dispatcher's voice as she tried to come up with a solution. Quickly one, two, three drivers piped in on the radio offering help to transport kids or to bring a new bus.
I smiled. My heart was warmed at the quick and kind responses. Don't you love to see people reach out to help? Even better, don't you love it when you are the helper or helped? Helping is such a reflection of LOVE, I thought, "Surely, there is help in heaven." But, how could it be? Helping assumes there is a need. Could there be need in heaven? We know there will be no pain, no tears, but I'm thinking there will always be need. It is part of God's great design. Everywhere we look in creation one thing needs another for its survival, even for its pleasure.
Look, especially, at how He created our bodies with so many parts, or members as they used to be called, making up one body.
The eye is not sad; it does not suffer because it cannot hear. Nor, does the ear cry or complain because it cannot see. What about the heart or the liver? We rarely think about them, in fact we don't even see them, yet the body is dead without them.
Oh, if only we saw our need for each other! If only we LIVED our need for each other! After all, that is what God says we are.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Cor 12:12
It won't be lived out without humility. We are too prideful. I am too prideful, but I don't want to be. It takes effort to walk humbly, pride is such a close and deceitful "friend."
Humility requires us to recognize our limitations. "What limitations?" We immediately cry out that there is nothing we can't do. We quote scripture about it, we make lists, we pat each other on the back and encourage one another to "Go for it!" Pride also manifests in hiding. We hide our need.
Imagine if the eye was determined to hear. Imagine him snubbing the ear as unnecessary pushing himself to hear as well as to see. How foolish! Yet, isn't that how we live? We deny ourselves pleasure and capability in our effort to do or be more than was intended.
We reject one another, missing out on relationships, adamant that we don't need each other. Sure, we survive for a while. We enjoy our independence. A blind man can get along fine, so does a deaf man. But what of the most necessary members? The unsightly ones? The difficult ones? You know, the one who is always telling the truth, filtering lies as if they were toxins, like some lumpy, ugly, hidden...liver.
Eventually, the body dies without its necessary members. Who decides necessity? God does. It is obedience to His will, His plan for the body that moves us to accept and help one another.
I need you. You need me.