On March 8th I had reconstructive surgery on my eardrum due to a jet ski accident last year. It has been a rough 9 months, but I can say that I am working to be in a better place now. My eardrum is fully healed and I have not only my doctors to thank for that, but God and the friends He put in my life to help me through this season.
We all carry burdens. God knew we couldn't take on this world alone. He required us to rely on Him and I wholeheartldly know he put friendships and relationships in our lives to help us with our daily struggles.
Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings. -Galatians 6:2
Before, during and after my surgery, I had an AMAZING support system from my friends. Loving text messages, intentional prayers, and all the chocolate I could think of. (Milky Way Midnights are my favorite) I was extremely grateful for people who actually cared about me enough to go out of their way to see how I was doing. Effort is such a simple word that we sometimes don't really focus on the meaning behind it. The definition of effort means a vigorous or determined attempt. A determined attempt. I always tell my lacrosse girls "If you walk off that field and you gave 100% effort, I don't care if you win or lose, It's a win in my book." I thank God for my friends and the effort they make to show how much I mean to them, yet I still can't wrap my head around the weight of how much my friendship means to them.
Not only are my friends caring and thoughtful people, they are also talented. a couple of my talented friends are in this band; The Anchor Collective and they wrote a song called "Keepers". Probably my favorite song of theirs, not because of how amazing the song is, but more to the deeper meaning to the lyrics.
"We are knit together, we will fight each other's demons..."
"We're all for us all, We're each other's keepers."
Basically this song stems around a quote that one of the band members, Adrian Gibbs saw: "Then when God asks [Cain], 'Where is your brother Abel?' he arrogantly responds, 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?' In essence, the entire Bible is written as an affirmative response to this question."
We are meant to be each others keepers. We are meant to help carry each others load. We are to do all of this because we need God and he gave us these people in our lives to walk with us so we don't have to do it alone. To remind us that He is here for us.
I have struggled with so much this past year, and only by the grace of God I have been pushing through this storm. I haven't been pushing through alone though. There are a few people who have really made an impact in my life and have truly saved me from drowning. Some of them are still around and are helping me, while some, (a significant smaller amount) have helped when I needed it, left, and moved on. Even though broken friendships hurt, there is enough love covering me by all the other friendships to outweigh the brokenness.
So this is a thank you. Thank you to all my friends who have been there for me. These words cannot even begin to come close to how grateful I am for you. You may not read this but I love you. Each and every one of you.
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. -Proverbs 18:24