Several months ago my daughter entered the adventurous and tumultuous stage known as “toddlerhood.” She’s abso-freakin-lutely as adorable as can be… most of the time. Then other times there are molars and boo-boos, frustration, boredom and everything in between.
It’s on those occasions that I’ve learned one thing that brightens her countenance, dries her tears and makes her forget her “troubles” (dear me).
There’s a framed photo, perched on top of our television stand, a family picture that includes her very favorite person...
No, not me— “Daa-Daa.”
Bethany is a Daddy’s girl through and through. If the phone rings, “Daa-daa! Daa-daaaaa!” If someone walks through the door, “Daa-daa!"
I can’t blame her. I’m head-over-heels for him too.
But Bethany can’t see that photo from her low vantage point… not without being lifted. Oh, but when I pull her into my arms and lift her close to the cherished snapshot, her entire being is overcome with joy by the mere sight of Daa-Daa.
Like my girl, I’ve been known to have a few rough days of my own (hard to believe, I know.)
And there I sit, in a pile of pity— disheartened by life, debilitated by depression. Frozen in space and time and seemingly unable to move forward with the hopes, the dreams, the life God has laid out before me.
And you know what I’ve learned? I may be 30, but sometimes I just need a friend who can lift me up as well.
No, not literally. Bless you. That’s certainly not happening.
Instead, I need someone to lift me up, metaphorically, to see the smiling face of Father God. I need someone to remind me of His constant love and care. I need someone to pray with me, to encourage me, and to point me to His strong arms.
In the past, I thought I could do life on my own, but over the years I’ve learned that I cannot. I’m so thankful that, thanks to the Lord’s wisdom, I am now surrounded by some amazing friends of faith who both challenge and encourage me in my daily walk.
Sister, we need each other. Don’t fall into the lie that you can do life alone. Instead, begin to surround yourself with Jesus-loving friends who will lift you up when you’re having a bad day and can’t see the Father’s face in your life.
Do you know a sister who is in need of lifting today? Pick up the phone, write a card or send a message. Pray for her and consider ways you can help her to see the Father’s goodness, and bring a smile back to her face.
Dear friend, are you the one who needs lifting today? God is there, He cares, and He loves you immeasurably. Don’t let fear seclude you. Reach out to a friend and be honest about where you are. Allow yourself to be lifted.
We can’t do life alone. God designed us for community. Let’s reach out today and live out the responsibility we have to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And as we lift others to see the goodness of the Father, we might just find ourselves lifted too.
Word of the Day:
Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Father, Forgive me for believing the lie that I can do life alone. I pray that you will help me to discover what it means to live in true community. Give me wisdom to surround myself with friends who will encourage me, and show me how to love them like you do. Thank you for your beautiful design of community. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.