I’m part of a community called Five Minute Friday. You are given a word prompt and five minutes to write on that word! Today’s word is “support”.
I was pregnant with my fifth child. You know, when you’re in your first trimester and you feel overemotional, sick, tired, grumpy. I loaded my six year old, my four year old and my two year old onto the Halifax City bus. The stroller my two year old was in accidentally bumped the toe of an obese lady sitting at the very beginning of the seats. Her foot was over the line but I apologized sincerely and sat down, exhausted. We had just come from visiting my son who was sick in the hospital. It was supper time and everyone was hungry. The bus was packed. Standing room only.
Two minutes into the ride, the lady, very loudly, said. “You are so ignorant. You don’t care about people who are handicapped. You did that on purpose. You ran over my foot and now it hurts and you are a (insert insult here…I can’t remember the specifics). I smiled and said “I’m so sorry. I really did not mean to hurt you.”
“Yes you did!” She proclaimed loudly and started with her insults again.
My bus drive wasn’t long, but it felt like forever.
Finally, I stood up for myself, with tears running down my face. I got off the bus at my stop. It seemed appropriate that it would be raining buckets outside.
Something amazing happened though. A young asian lady, who spoke no english, came over to me and put her umbrella over my head and walked with me, in complete silence to my apartment. We hugged. She left. I have not seen her since.
To me, that is support. Random support, but it doesn’t matter. She bore my burden and covered me with grace. It doesn’t matter what kind of support you receive…be it regular, inconsistent, often or not. If it’s positive support, you have all you need. You are rich, rich, rich indeed.
You know, they say that the best indicator of a couple lasting for a lifetime is the kind of support they have around them. If the people around them believe they should be together and love them through the difficulties, then they are more likely to last and thrive.
I say it’s also a good indicator of the kind of parent you will be and the kind of children you will raise.
Sometimes we have to work to build community and supports but I have found that God provides those good things, in his perfect timing. I am so grateful for all the people who have been, are, and will be supportive of my family. Some of those people have been supportive through books and blogs but they are still there. Encouraging us to run the race well.
And so, even though I may not have a lot of material possessions or money, I am the most wealthy girl anyone has ever known. Because I am loved and supported.
If you are supported, you also are the most wealthy, ever.
I’m not focusing on what I don’t have anymore. Because I’m too grateful for what I do have.
What kind of supports are you thankful for? Thanks so much for reading and for your “support”! Love you, always.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.