Today, I was blessed by a visit from a sweet friend who has been and continues to pray for me during this time of illness and uncertainty. We have not known each other long, but we have quickly found that we are kindred spirits...separated for most of our lives by an entire ocean!
In this day of texts, e-mails, and social media it takes a certain amount of courage to reach out and connect with someone on a personal level...actually IN person.
As I write this, I am less than 4 hours from leaving to go to the hospital for a procedure to obtain a biopsy of my uterus. Just before Christmas, I received a call from my GYN at which time he told me they had found a "spot" on one of my scans.
From experiences through family and friends, I know it is never a good sign when the doctor calls you less than 24 hours after a test and especially when he calls you himself.
I struggled to file this information in the back of my mind during the Christmas holiday, but somehow this year the turkey and pies didn't taste quite the same and there was a cloud hanging over each and every moment of joy. My heart was heavy and troubled.
Since returning home from our Christmas vacation, my body has given me clear signs that something is wrong...fatigue, nausea, pain and other symptoms have become daily routine for me.
I knew I needed support. I wasn't sure what that would look like, but I knew I needed it as much as the air I breathe.
So I took a chance. I stepped out in courage (trust me-for an introvert with anxiety disorder, it was a big step). And God stepped up. He sent me a caring, sweet, kind friend who listened, prayed, and chatted about topics from the mundane to the spiritual. She came to my home with no expectations, with a clear understanding that I was a hot mess. She did not expect to be entertained. She did not expect me to be the consummate Southern hostess. She came for me. To comfort me. To care for me. To pour into me. She came to be the hands and feet, and heart, of Christ.
Friends, don't wait. Trust me that there is someone in your life right now that is suffering. They may not have the courage to speak up. They may not have the ability to ask you to show up. I urge you to do it anyways. Just show up. Be courageous. Go first. Reach out.
(Special thanks to my sweet friend Anneleis....love you more than Belgian chocolate!)