YOU do it
My three-year-old grandson loves to play games on my iPhone. I have an entire screen full of games just for him. Whenever he sees me his face lights up and he shouts “Gamma!!” and grins like all get out. My grandmother’s heart melts into a joyous puddle — even as he holds out his hand, waiting for me to place my phone into it so he can run off into a secluded corner and immerse himself in the games.
After a while, he will emerge from his gaming trance and cuddle up so I can watch him play. Sometimes, when he gets frustrated and can’t “beat duh leh-bul,” he’ll hand the phone over to me saying, “Gamma, YOU do it! You do it, Gamma, YOU do it! I can’t do it.”
I thought of those moments today as I was in morning prayer.
“… Lord, keep this nation under your care; and guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let your way be known upon earth; your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; nor the hope of the poor be taken away …” ~Suffrages A, Book of Common Prayer
Suddenly, as I pictured the scene of my grandson asking me to play his game for him, I thought, “God, YOU do it! You do it, God, YOU don’t forget the needy or the poor. YOU do the whole justice and truth thing. I can’t do it!”
As I pictured that scene in my head my voice was just as childish and frustrated as that of my young grandson.
I wonder how often it is when we say “Let go and let God” what we actually mean is “YOU do it — cuz I don’t want to take responsibility for my part in it anymore.”