Moving to a new place is no joke. It’s exciting, but it’s also exhausting. It’s full of promise, but it comes with pain.
In spite of the challenges, I realized that there’s much to be thankful for because God makes sure I have everything–or everyone–I need. Sometimes I just don’t see it.
I’m thankful for my friends back home who are always an email, Facebook message, or Skype call away.
I’m thankful for the updates and the “I miss you” messages from my family.
I’m thankful for my mentors, whom I know I can just write to if I have burning questions.
I’m thankful for my trusted friends who help me process all the messy thoughts going through my head and tell me when I’m over-thinking or overreacting.
I’m thankful for those who send me encouraging messages.
I’m thankful for those who share their own inspiring journeys and stories.
I’m thankful for friends who listen.
I’m thankful for those who simply and genuinely ask, “How are you?”
I’m thankful for those who lovingly say, “I’m thinking of you and praying for you.”
These relationships are gifts. These people are answered prayers. They form my support system, and without them, I feel like I would be falling apart.
This morning, I came across this story from Exodus 17:8-13:
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
The Israelites needed Joshua.
Joshua needed an army.
The army needed Moses.
Moses needed Aaron and Hur.
All of them needed God.
I’m just reminded yet again that I cannot live life alone. I need God and I’ve learned through many experiences that His grace is always sufficient. But He also uses our relationships with others to answer prayers–not just for us to be helped, but for us to help others as well.
Do you have a support system? Can you think of someone in your life who could use your help today?