Last year, I went to visit a friend of mine in New Orleans. On the way back home, my plane was delayed, and then delayed again, and then delayed some more. Finally, at 2:30am, they got us to a hotel and instructed us to sleep a couple of hours before leaving again at 8am. But when we got to the airport the next day, we endured 10 more hours of delays and plane problems. The worst part of all this was that I was flying alone. The best parts were laughing with strangers who became friends, listening to constant jazz in the airport, and free food vouchers. Let’s be honest, it was laughably miserable. But God put the kindest people in my path to take me under their wing and watch my suitcase for me whenever I had to use the restroom.
Sometimes on road trips, we have the best stories to share when things don’t go as smoothly as we planned. Even though it may not be as funny while we are in the moment, we laugh recalling these memories and how we got through them together. I’m sure the Israelities could tell us quite a few remember when stories, such as, “Remember when we ate nothing but manna for 40 years?” The Israelites wandered for 40 years to reach the promised land, and it was anything but easy.
This year has been a really difficult year for many of us. God is growing us, strengthening us, and uniting us in our misery. We need Him and each other more than ever. C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself.’” Though each of our struggles are unique in this season, we might have more in common with our friends than we think.
Reach out to a trusted friend or mentor, and share with them a raw emotion that you are feeling this week. Tell them if you are feeling lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed, and ask them to pray over that. Who knows, they might be feeling the exact same way.