I am reminded of the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur… “But Moses’ hands were heavy and he grew tired. So they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side, so his hands were steady until the sun set.”
- Ex 17:12
Life is all about seasons, we go through triumphs and trials, winters and summers. Unlike bears though, we can’t simply hibernate through the tough times, we face them, sometimes knee-deep in the snow with gale-force winds hitting us in the face. It isn’t humanly possible to endure these times without sometimes growing weary and tired. But you see, we’re not human. Not ONLY human that is. We are body, soul and most importantly- spirit.
“The spirit of a man sustains him in sickness, but as for a broken spirit, who can bear it?”
- Proverbs 18:14
As long as our spirit is sustained and nurtured, a broken, tired body can be healed. But what happens when you are tired right down to your core? What happens when your spirit is weary and you don’t even have the energy to pray? When you’re driven to silence in your despair? That’s where community comes in. That’s where you need to have an Aaron and a Hur by your side.
Or maybe you need to be someone’s Aaron? I’ve noticed over the past 5 years that my husband and I go through these seasons at different times. It’s almost like a rollercoaster- we’re on the same ride, because we’re married we are linked to each other’s seasons, but we aren’t always sitting next to each other. Sometimes when he’s at a climb, I’m plummeting down a steep curve. What’s so amazing about this, is that when he’s down, I can be there to hold up his arms, and visa versa.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” – 1 Tim 2:1 (MSG)
By prayer and intercession, you have the power to hold up someone’s arms when they simply don’t have the strength anymore. To be their voice on dark days. It is in your might to enable them to conquer a mountain, to attain victory when it seems like all hope is lost.
It is when we push our own worries aside and act and pray on behalf of others that we discover our true power. We weren’t created in isolation; our power lies in our unity.
Stand up on behalf of someone else today. Pray on their behalf. SPEAK UP for their sake. Hold their arms up until the sun sets. Tomorrow they will do the same for you.
– Trudy Raubenheimer