Sometimes the help you need is right in front of you.

What’s gonna work? Teamwork!  *Anyone who has kids knows exactly where that is from. I’m writing on a Thursday. Yes indeed.

…and whenever I write a post, anywhere, I take note of the length of it. I’m sure we all do. We have to. To long and we risk losing the reader. To short and it’s like, “Really? That’s it?”  But today I felt that what I wold write was short but poignant. I fancy myself a metaphor guy. A parable dude.

Carol Aust

A man was sitting on his raft, tired and overcome by the suns bright rays. The wind had stopped completely. He remained in the same spot for hours. He became saddened and began thinking oh how he would die here. “Lord…help!” he finally cried out, nearly fainting from the heat. He fell to his head and hit it against something hard. As he focused his eyes and put his hand to his head…he saw what he had hit. A pair of oars. He jumped to his knees shouting to God, “Thank you, thank you!” but soon became filled with sorrow as he thought of all the time he had wasted waiting for the wind. He had been so focused on it that he could not see the help right in front of him. The help God had already given him. He swallowed hard and began rowing with thoughts of his wife and children and God’s provision leading him.

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”-Latin proverb

Indeed did the writer of James not say faith without works is dead?

“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”–James 2:17

Stop focusing on the negative and get to work. Think of all the time we waste doing so. Think of all the unnecessary stress we put ourselves through. We have everything we need to accomplish our goals.

We have our minds. If your reading this you have a computer. We have our spouses. Our children. Our loved ones. They propel us, do they not? We have a voice. We have hope and of course we have faith–act on it and see what He can do. See what we can do when we put that faith to work!

Be blessed!

About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary.

10 comments on “Sometimes the help you need is right in front of you.

  1. Bravo! An inspiring post this morning. Thank you for sharing this little parable with us. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Ralene. You are very welcome! :}

  3. My Dearest Tymothy,

    The truth will set us free and you have just given us a mouthful. God always presents us an out, we just have to look for it.

  4. Tymothy,
    Short, sweet, and as powerful as drink-mix powder eaten straight. 🙂

    Just kidding on that last little bit. But I do think you got a lot a bang out of a few words. Thanks for your wisdom.

  5. No worries about the comment. I love it. No watering down of the mixture for sure. :}
    I thank you for reading and as always pray and hope for continued blessings all around.

  6. Well said. Now for me to practice it… 🙂

  7. Ah yes. The practicing of the Word. Of His lessons. Another simple metaphor for us writers. Practicing what He teaches is like practicing and honing our writing skills. The more we write the better we get. But it never gets boring.

    Well, honestly, sometimes it can be…

    Hmm…yeah. Time to practice myself! :}

  8. An excellent parable, my friend. So often I wait for God to act … when he is waiting for me to act: “Put your back into it, girl!”

    • Thank you, my Friend.

      Quick thought on your comment: About two years ago I was working day and night, literally. That’s when I felt God like never before. It was also when He told me: “I’m waiting on you now, Tymothy.”

      So your words hit a very near and dear place in my heart.

      Be blessed.

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