“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19, NIV
Cheryl was the kind of woman people looked up to. Not only did she run several ministries at her local church, she also homeschooled her kids, stayed fit and healthy and ran a successful online business. Despite all of the activities she was juggling, Cheryl loved her life.
But one day everything came crashing down when she became chronically ill and her husband subsequently left because of all the pressure. All of a sudden she couldn’t do what she had been able to do before and felt completely powerless over her circumstances.
Suddenly everything stopped. Cheryl had never felt so alone and she didn’t know what to do next. That’s when her local community began to step in. A family who lived across the street stocked her fridge and pantry. A friend from her homeschool group helped get her kids to some local activities.
Every time Cheryl had a need, it was met. She’d poured out her life helping others and now these same people were happy to reach out to help provide for and protect her and her family.
Sometimes, trying to support a struggling friend is hard. You may see all of the things that are needed and feel overwhelmed. That’s a natural response.
But try to focus on meeting just one need at a time. Begin with the most urgent physical need like food, shelter, or medication. If possible, rally others to help you start meeting these needs as well.
God, sometimes a crisis scares me and I don’t know how to help. Please calm my fears and help me to focus on serving each need as it comes.
For further reading see How Friends Can Help Relieve Stress