Ready If Needed

By Sandra P. Aldrich

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Do you ever wonder how much help to offer those who lurch from crisis to crisis because of their own bad decisions?  

When I heard about a long distance friend who was in financial trouble yet again, I pondered the Galatians 6:2 directive to carry each other’s burdens. I wanted to obey, but did that mean I was to rescue this woman repeatedly? I wanted her to look to Father God instead of always running to me. However, I also didn’t want to ignore her situation. So I continued to read Scripture and pray, asking for guidance.

The following Sunday, my thoughts were heavy as I entered my usual row at church. Before the service, I took mental roll. Larry and Mary Ellen were sitting behind an elderly gentleman I’ll call Mr. Smith. The dear man was becoming increasingly feeble, but insisted he would be in church as long as possible. So every Sunday, we held our breath each time he pulled himself to his feet.

On this particular morning, Mr. Smith trembled as he stood for a hymn. At the close, he wobbled as he backed toward his chair. Immediately, Larry’s arms were at his shoulders, not touching him, but ready. Mr. Smith made it safely—and hadn’t known Larry was ready to catch him.

I smiled, realizing I had witnessed how I should respond to my friend. I wasn’t to rush in and solve her problem this time. But I was to be ready to help—if needed. That settled, I sang the next hymn with enthusiasm.

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