Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just Show Up...

Have you ever been through deep waters? Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you felt like you were being buried alive? Have you ever felt, gulp, even that God was working against you? Alone, isolated, attacked, forgotten?

Recently I read through the book of Job, one such man who faced this wall of pain. Imagine for a minute that you woke up this morning, thinking it would be a day like any other, when suddenly...

- Your boss calls you into your office to tell you that due to the economy, they have to lay you off
- You get a text from your neighbor that your house has burned to the ground, and everything in it was lost
- Five minutes later, your wife calls you at work to tell you that a tragic accident has taken the lives of your entire family...they are all gone, dead...only she remains alive.
- You check in at the local hotel, only to come down with an extremely painful outbreak of boils on your body. You are in excruciating pain, and you even look detestable, such that nobody will meet your gaze. Instead of receiving pity, you get scorn and dirty looks.
- And as if that weren't enough, your financial advisor emails you later to apologize, but all your investments have gone belly-up...in short, you're broke. Zero money. It's all gone.

Instead of focusing on Job and his response, I want to look at someone(s) else;

"Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was."

There are two obvious applications from this;
1) I want to be that kind of friend...someone who just "shows up" even if I don't know what to say.
2) Sometimes the most meaningful ministry you can have is just showing up.

I need those kind of people in my life...those who don't try to solve my problem, but will just sit with me and be there in times of need...and I need to be that kind of person for others as well. Who in your life right now, needs you to just "show up," and sit with them for awhile, and listen?


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