We need each other...

Monday, April 2, 2018


We finally got a break from our studies.  In Latin America the whole world, or at least this country, shuts down for Semana Santa. We know it as Holy Week.  Schools and government offices close.  There are processions, and passion plays.  It's a pretty big deal.  

So, we had no school.  Kelly and I had promised Zander a fishing trip in December, that tragically fell through.  An incredible missionary here saw the story, and offered to help get our son fishing.  I convinced myself that we (Norah and I) should go to the coast too, and that we could play at  the beach.  It seemed like an ideal deal.  Mom and daughter time, while dad and son are out catching some waves.

It was a great morning, and I was more than proud that I was able to navigate our standard vehicle through the crazy traffic to the beach.  I parked, lathered us up on sunscreen and enjoyed the morning out on the water.

Later that day a friend saw my back and mentioned it was crisp.  I could feel the pain, she pointed out, but in my head was ignoring the idea that it was burnt.  You see, Kelly always puts the sunscreen on my back.  This time by fingers only stretched so far, and I missed a huge chunk of skin. 

The reality was, that I couldn't do it on my own.  As the stinging pain radiated out my back, I heard God's tender spirit use this as a teachable moment. We need people.  We need people to have our backs.  In my case-- literally.   Now there are some things that we can do on our own, but inevitably we will find something one day that needs a little help.  

Friendship is important, doing life with other people is important.  We help each other. Lean on each other. Lather sunscreen on each other to protect one another from the burns.  Dry each other tears. Encourage each other.  Pray for each other. Because you see, the enemy will and does burn us if we leave a weak spot.    

I'm thankful for the noon time friend who offered to help me, but for the next few days as my back is blistered and peeling I will remember that God wants us to have people in our lives to help us.  And next time I head out to the beach alone, I'll come ready with a plan to ask for help.

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