I’m sure you have heard this before, I had but up until a few years ago I didn’t really know what this meant. What kind of strength? So, I was this saying that I wasn’t able to have enough strength on my own? It really took a few desperate situations for me to begin to fully become aware the meaning.
First of all, how many times have you said this or told someone this who was going through a hard or difficult season? Lets pray about it, there is strength in numbers. (Eccl. 4:9-12).
One afternoon, I had a call from a friend that had experienced some very bad news from her doctor and was scared out of her mind. She proceeded to tell me the situation and rationalize what she thought her future would look like. I listened. There was silence and then she went on to say how could it be, I’m too young, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I listened still with very clear hearing, but couldn’t really relate to what she was saying. I’ve never experienced a situation such as this however, I wanted to be there to do what I could.
I stopped her and let her know first of all that I was there whenever she needed to talk. I told her that its okay to feel the way she’s feeling and be angry at God and/or the world. And finally, that we needed to pray about it because there is strength in numbers and also that God is still in the miracle working business.
So, As we sat there I prayed for her wisdom, her strength to go through whatever process was ahead, and peace to know that God is in control of the situation and has already written and ordered her steps long ago. Sometimes, prayer can make a person feel relieved immediately and other times it will take days, months, and its all on Gods timing. Prayer is not always immediate. It is a daily journey. It is a part of life. It becomes who you are. Special talks with Jesus everyday asking those tough questions that we don’t understand. He hears us and has all the answers. Certain answers are revealed when we ask and others may not be for years, while others never.
Regardless, there is strength in numbers. I’m thankful that she had family to support her and go with her to her medical appointments. Family is really special and needed when a member faces an unexpected health scare or illness. Can any of you relate to this part of the story?
I went through a really horrible divorce many years ago and my friends who were there day in and day out until the end can tell you they feel they went through it with me. I am so thankful for them and really appreciate their time, prayers, shoulders, and long talks. I can honestly say that I know there is strength in numbers. Jesus held my hand and walked every step of the way (Psalm 25:5) and I put my total trust in him.
I dont always get it right and turn to Jesus everytime I know I should. I run to that friend who has been there, I call my husband and complain about the latest thing going on, I am also guilty of calling a family member who I feel can make a difference in whatever it is I’m going through. And not to say that all of this is false, however Jesus should be our first priority for prayer. Then, gather a group of girls and talk it our, pray it out, express your anger or sadness or hopes and dreams because thats what we do, right ladies, If we can’t be honest and open with those closest to us then we need to find a new place to belong. Without judgement or insecurity because we get enough of this out in this rough world.
So, today I want to encourage you to know that there is strength in numbers. Whatever you are facing or walking through or about to face and don’t know it, gather those few around your table, over a cup of coffee, or outside in the backyard while the kids play and be you. Find hope and strength, you deserve it, you are worth it, and you are not alone. We all need this at one point of another. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for prayers, regardless of that messy bun and sweats 2 sizes too big, and a sink full of dishes. No one is looking, and vulnerability is apart of the process. True friends won’t care and will probably even step in to help, let them.
A new command I give you: Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
If you need prayer for a certain circumstance you are facing, please leave me a comment so we can be in prayer together.
Love ya sister,