Support in the Waiting
The more and more I am in community with others the more and more I realize how necessary it is. Yesterday I was exhausted. I really didn’t want to get out of bed when my alarm went off, but I slipped on my clothes, packed my bags and just before 6 I made it out the door. I was meeting a friend at 6:15 for a running date, which doesn’t happen often since I usually work out on my own, but knowing this encouraged me even more to get out of bed and get to the gym on time (I hate being late). Had I been on my own, I probably would have walked, but since I was with my friend, we managed to run for just under 4 miles. Afterwards I realized that our run set up such a prophetic picture of support and accountability.
My legs were exhausted from my workouts throughout the week. The heat, humidity and my overall weariness made it that much harder. Even though I didn’t necessarily complain or let her know how hard it was for me to keep moving, without saying a word and not even realizing it, she was cheering me on. Each step she took forward encouraged me to take a step too. As she moved forward she motivated me to push through the pain. It was her support and encouragement that helped me get through that workout.
In so many ways I am tired. Not just my physical body, but I am tired of this journey. I am tired of waiting, which is why having supportive people around me is so important. Not only is it important, but for me, it’s imperative. It’s the random text or phone call that remind me to keep going. It’s those who approach me at church and ask to pray for me that remind me that others care. It’s the friends who send me a scripture or sermon that let me know I am being thought about. It’s the random bouquet of flowers or card in the mail that let me know I am loved. It’s those who pray for us each and every day that remind us that our journey matters. We have so many supporting us who are just as expectant and hopeful as we are, which is what has gotten us through.
I can’t even begin to imagine what this journey would be like without all the love. If you don’t have a good support system, I encourage you to look for it. I am not talking about a support group, even though there is nothing wrong with that, but true friends who are in community with you and you can do life with. I am well aware that I am very blessed to have so much amazing support, but you can too. Pray about it. Ask the Lord for deeper friendships and better accountability. When you are tired, like me, ask those around you to lift you up. And just like my friend did while running, if they really know you, you won’t even have to ask or tell how tired you are, they will just show up and encourage you to keep on running. Remember that you aren’t supposed to be on this journey alone, so seek followers of Christ who can help you along the way!