I’m slightly addicted to “Grey’s Anatomy.” I was watching an episode I had seen before. I knew it was about a rape. That isn’t what got me. Towards then end the hallways were lined with female doctors and nurses to show support for the woman as she headed to surgery. The message was that she was not alone. The next thing I knew, I was sobbing. The tears where not over the rape itself but over the beautiful support she received. Doing life together with others has always been a struggle for me.
My response to life’s challenges is always, “I’m fine.” God has been challenging this automatic response since watching that episode of Grey’s. The morning after watching it, my husband asked about planning a short fishing trip. Normally, the dates he chose wouldn’t be an issue. This time, though, my mom was in the end stages of her life. He mentioned wanting to be available for me if I needed him. My head thought, “I’ll be fine.” God caught my mouth before I said it.
25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.27 You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27 MSG).
Since childhood, I have struggled with trusting that people will be there for me when I need them. I assume they won’t be and therefore don’t ask for help. This scripture show a beautiful vision of how we do life together. God showed me all the people in my “tribe” who would be there for me if I trusted Him.
The old lies needed to fall away. I needed to reach out and give others the opportunity to show God’s love. It was hard, but God didn’t disappoint. He calls us to hold each other up and to share each other’s burdens. Having others simply holding me up in prayer made the journey easier. Thank you God for not letting me walk this alone.
How are you at doing life together with others? Do you let others into your circumstances? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.