She hadn’t been there for weeks.
Text after text. Call after call. Even a couple of visits.
Then, for no apparent reason she texted me back… finally! YAY!!!!
She thanked me for noticing that she’d not been in church service for a while. She appreciated my love and concern.
She assured me that she was OK & that she’d be there on Sunday.
Sunday came. Tons of hugs. Great conversations. Encouragement. Jesus did beautiful things in so many peoples’ lives. Such a lovely time together…
But she wasn’t there. She missed it all… again. Sigh.
So I called her. No answer. No call back. No response to my text. I don’t wanna bug her…
But what if she’s not OK?
Then she texted again… “Thanks for thinking of me. I’m just really going through somethin’ right now.”
What? That’s her reason for not being with other people who love her & love Jesus?
That’s why she’s staying away and feeling alone? oh, NO!
The part that makes this true story even sadder is that i’ve heard the “I’m-really-going-through-somethin” line many, many times! From many different ladies. It makes no sense.
But, I DO understand this .. when we’re hurting we don’t want it to be obvious & we don’t want to wear it on our faces.
We certainly don’t want to have to talk about it. Or worse yet, we don’t want to get around the warmth of God’s love & let our guard down & then melt into a mess of tears… in front of everyone! Horror.
Seriously. As backwards as it sounds, when difficulties threatens us, we should get with other Christians even MORE often! It says it all through the Bible… and it’s true!
Chilly pointed it out in Psalm 53.
In Hebrews 10:25 is says to meet together all the more.
And…Many more places!
When life dishes out yuckiness, we cannot run away from the people who will remind us of the truth, and encourage us, help us and literally fill us with courage. And we shouldn’t feel silly when we show up when things are less than dandy… our own honesty may very well be the strength someone else needs at that moment.
As temping as it may seem to hunker down when we’re hurting; to shut people out when we’re struggling…
go to church. Be involved.
Talk. Be honest.
Lower your guard & praise Jesus.
Let Him speak gently to your heart.
Help. Serve. Hug.
You might even laugh!
Then you may just find that your somethin’ has turned into something better.