A Leg Up

The horse standing before me turned its head as I gathered the reins
in my hand. Perhaps it was my imagination, but the look in his eye seemed to
say, “For Pete’s sake, get in the saddle and let’s go!” The large
Paint had been saddled and ready for some time. There was only one problem. He
had very long legs. I have very short legs. I looked for a bit of a slope to
give me an advantage, but the ground was flat and there was nothing to stand
At that moment I remembered the first time I tried to get on a
horse. It was a tall one too. (When you are barely over five feet tall, any
horse is big). I remember standing with the reins in my hand, wondering how
I was going do it. A friend noticed and came along side. “Let me give you
a leg up,” she said.
“I can manage,” I said, not wanting to appear a total
novice. But after I made a couple of failed attempts, my friend offered to give
me a “leg up” once more and I had to swallow my pride and accept her
help. She explained how to do it and when I did what she instructed I was in
the saddle in a flash.
As I stood staring up at that big Paint I realized I was at that
place again and looked around for someone to give me a “leg up.”
I’ve found myself in that place many times as a writer. I’ve often
been discouraged and need a bit of help to get going again. We all know that
writing is a solitary endeavor. No one can write that novel but you and it will
take many hours alone with only your keyboard and monitor to keep you company.
But there are many aspects of the writing life that can and should include team
We can find a partner who will encourage and keep us accountable. We can
seek out a critique group to help with the editing process and ask for help
when we hit that wall called writers’ block. We can illicit the help of friends
to spread the word about our latest published work, and offer to reciprocate
with theirs. “Help” is a word we should all become familiar with. God
has given us a network of friends so that we may enter into the give and take
that makes writing, and living, a joy.
He has also given us a spiritual family to help us along the way. He
cautions us not to “forsake the fellowship” of one another. He knows
we need one another more desperately than we like to admit. Most of us want to
believe we can “manage” on our own but God knows we can’t. Without
the help of friends and family and spiritual leaders we would remain on the
ground, unable to mount up and do what he requires of us. And He has also given
us Himself, the greatest resource of all. He wants to help us do the work he
has planned for us to do because it’s all meant to glorify Him.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
Is it time you looked around for someone to give you a “leg
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Marcia Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada. Visit her website for more information on her writing/speaking/teaching ministry.