Our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter has had some health problems the last couple of weeks. We are so ever thankful that today the specialist was able to diagnose what it was.
“Ten days of medicine should resolve the problem, but…” said the doctor.
Oh, don’t you just hate those “buts” from physicians?
“But the medicine tastes terrible and is hard for children to take. The alternative medication tastes good, but has side effects.”
Well, for any of us that have had children we know how challenging this appeared to be!! Talking a toddler into taking medication that is less than palatable conjures up all sorts of bargaining and bribing scenarios in my mind.
Thankfully the pharmacist was able to mix it with strawberry-marshmallow flavoring.
“I like my medicine!” she exclaimed.
Don’t you wish we could mix strawberries and marshmallows with our every day pains and hurts?
Today I received a call from a friend who is going through some painful family “stuff”…no it is not end of the world or life and death stuff…but none the less, very emotionally draining and painful.
Oh how I wished I could give her a dose of strawberries topped with some roasted marshmallows!
But life does not work that way. What I could do was be there for her, as she has been for me. Listen to her pain. God in His infinite wisdom wired us so that somehow when we share our suffering out loud we feel a little better. It’s like we’re moving that pain from the depth of our very being to out into the vast universe.
Just think what pouring our hearts out to God does for us!
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (KJV)
Having been in her shoes before I know there are times when I have been unable to form a prayer…unable to pour my heart out to Him. It was then my friend talked to God for me.
As a Christian, as a friend, it is my responsibility to stand in the gap for her now. Be the one that intercedes and speaks up in prayer.
I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall
and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. Ezekiel 22: 30 (NIV)
In Biblical times it was imperative that the your land was kept safe. Many times it was the hedge or wall around a city or a farm that prevented destruction by the enemy.
Our emotional veneer can become cracked, weakening our whole being…our “wall” can begin to crumble. This is when we need our friends to fill in that space with our love and prayers.
It is my role to stand in her behalf as Christ stood in the gap for all of us on the cross.
I may not have a spoonful of strawberries and marshmallows for her, but I have something better…my prayers for my friend.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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