During my recent hospitalization, I learned the supreme value of have a support system. My family and faraway friends called regularly and sent cards and emails, friends from church took me home after my discharge, my neighbor took me to the ER, friends from work provided food, sent a card and set up a cleaning service to come and disinfect my home before my return, and several friends came to visit me in my hospital room.
One friend who came to visit me in the hospital brought the balloon you see pictured here and placed them by my window. She had to stand at a distance and could not touch anything because I was contagious. But she risked it to bring me some joy.
It was this bright and cheerful balloon swaying by the window with the message “Get Well” that got me through many a rough night there and reminded me that I had a support system of friends and family praying for me and thinking of me. I could feel their love and am grateful for their thoughtfulness more than they can ever know.
The balloon continued to bring me joy when I got home and served as a motivator for me to keep going. Now I am happy to say I am back at work and feeling better every day.
The Bible reveals how important a support system was to Paul while he was away and often struggling in efforts to spread the Gospel:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:3-8
Whenever you are going through hard times, lean on your support system. Do not go it alone. And when those you know are in trouble, be their support system. That is God’s design for the body of Christ: to be there for one another. As I experienced in spades.