It would be easy for us to say no to a situation involving a family member that, if all goes through, will distinctly rock our fairly routine family life. It would be easy for us to say that we are too busy, too poor, too stressed, too hectic, too old, and far too content in our own circumstances to do anything to help. It would be even easier to say “it’s not our problem”, and walk away living our own life with our own little family. It would be easiest for us to sit on the sidelines with our own opinions; yet, not be willing to step out in action, in love, and in faith to help.
It would be easy for us to ignore the need, which in turn would ignore the living, breathing lives of those involved. When we look at the situation at hand though, we know the decision that needs to be made is not the easy one. Often, the right thing to do is the hardest. We also know that if the tables were turned, and we were in need of help, we would desperately want the love of family to stand with us. We also know we have the ability, the means, the love, and the solid rock that is our Lord to carry us through.
It would have been easy for Jesus to say no. It would have been easier for Him to say He was too busy, too poor, too stressed, too hectic, too old, and far too content in His own circumstances to do anything. He did not say, “Father, they are not my problem.” Oh, it would have been especially easy for the Son of God to circumvent the calling on His life in order to avoid hardship. Because He chose the hard path that led to a bloody and brutal death on a cross, we have been given new life, abundant hope, and eternal grace.
Our life may be changing in the next month or two. We may have less time, less space, and less money. We may have to rely on each other for even greater support. We may have to be even more fervent in prayer, and patient in the progression of things. We may have to help our little ones understand the opportunity to imprint love onto someone else. We may lean on the circumstances to help them understand their own stories.
We may face objection, questions, and fear. We may ask at times why the Lord led us down this path. We may even face heart-ache. I can’t help but think, though, that if we didn’t face these things, then our answer would have been far too easy.