I came across this verse tonight while reading another person’s blog post which listed multiple encouraging Bible verses, every one a real blessing as always. This verse, however, particularly got my attention because of a conversation with a friend who came knocking on my door earlier this evening asking me to pray with her. My friend was visibly distressed, in tears and just looked so forlorn. My heart was breaking for her.
She and i spent a little time talking about what was troubling her. I won’t get into that out of respect for her privacy, but needless to say, it was not good at all. She is just totally distraught, unhappy and wondering why she is even alive and has had thoughts of changing that status. Wow! What do I say? How do I respond to her besides the obvious–telling her NO she cannot do that! I reminded her of my experience with losing my son to suicide and how it feels for those of us left behind. i told her she cannot do that to her family and those of us who love her.
As we talked I reminded her several times to lean on the Lord, to trust him; bring her trials to him; that he is her strength if she allows him to be. He is our salvation and we need not be afraid. He will not turn us away and in fact, will welcome us with open arms when we come to him. She assured me that she has done that; however, I also hear in her words that like the rest of us, she gives her problems to God and then takes them back again thinking she can do better. She said she is a believer and that she is trying to live God’s plan for her but fails all the time and then punishes herself. She is her own worse enemy (her words).
We prayed together and made sure to thank God for the blessings he has given to each of us as well as asking Him to put a hedge of protection around her, to show her the way back out of the darkness and into the light. to let her know she IS loved not just by her family and friends but more importantly, the Lord.
I know he heard the prayer and is ready and willing to take on her burdens if she will let him. I pray that she does give it to him and lets him in. I have been in her shoes, (not suicidal) and I know that when I turn to God and give Him my burdens that he has given me rest. He has sent people into my life to be an encouragement; he has helped me to get back on the right track and He will do the same for her.
So friends I am asking tonight that you pray for my friend. I wont give her name, again to protect her privacy but God knows who she is and what is troubling her. l also request, if I may, prayer for me that I can be a good friend and a good witness to her and not say or do the wrong things. I am trying to encourage her to go to church with me and I hope one day she will do that. I would love for her to meet the wonderful people at my church and to know that despite any issues that she thinks would not make her welcome , she would be very much welcomed! My church family is full of love and kindness and loves to share it!
Edited. note to self–Do not stay up so late writing a post! lol Forgot to give it a title and my proofreading was terrible!