“Hi-De-Ho there, Neighbor!” was a phrase I commonly heard during my childhood. Watching the sitcom Home Improvement was something I did a lot. If, by chance, you’re unfamiliar with this show, let me break it down for you. The plotline basically follows the life of macho man Tim Taylor, his wife Jill, and their three boys Brad, Randy, and Mark. Tim co-hosts a local tv show called Tool Time with his buddy Al. Tim is a masculine guy, a man’s man. He loves tools, wood, cars, and power.
Tim’s antics throughout the show tend to land him in trouble of one kind or another. Whether it’s with work or his wife, he always seems to have another problem to solve and a new lesson to learn each episode. The Taylor’s neighbor, Wilson, is probably the wisest, nicest guy anyone could ever meet. He’s a true friend to the Taylors, especially Tim. Whenever Tim gets into a bind, it always ends up with him calling over the fence to Wilson for some sage advice on his most recent troubles.
In our own lives, our thickheaded behaviors can often land us in difficult situations. Like Tim, we may find ourselves scratching our heads, wondering what to do about ourselves and why no seems to want to understand. And also like Tim, the problem is most often with ourselves and not others around us. So what can we do? Who can we turn to?
If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
We must turn to God. Like Wilson, He’s always out in the yard. Or I suppose it would be more like… out in… the universe. Either way, He’s there. All we need to do is be humble enough to approach Him. In the show, a lot of times Tim would try to solve the problem himself, relying on his own wisdom. Eventually though, and sometimes quickly, he would realize that he needed the help of someone wiser.
We may only be able to catch glimpses of Him in our lives (maybe only the top part of his face!), or we may not see Him at all. But He is there. He’s just on the other side of the fence.