Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don't Do It Alone: The Power of Togetherness In Times of Uncertainty

by Danetta Kellar

I lay on the sofa, my eyes closed to the bright light coming through the tall windows. My mind would not, however, so easily shut down. One of our family members was hurting, and we had gathered to support and comfort each other. We were all having trouble keeping a quiet heart.

As I lay still, my head pounding, I listened. Familiar voices talked softly in the next room. The dog trotted by, his paws tapping the wood floor. Glasses clinked in the kitchen as someone tidied up the lunch dishes. Feet pounded across the upstairs floor as children chased each other. Doors opened and shut; someone was looking for a misplaced shoe.

The normalcy and comfort of togetherness during this time of anxiety somehow settled my heart, and rest entered despite the fear and worry that had taken up residence in me since last week. 

We are a family, and we are together. The strength of that wrapped its arms around me like comfort. 

Beneath the tumult around us, there was something standing firm, steadfast. It was togetherness, the reassurance that we were not alone. 

When life as we have known it takes a sudden terrible turn and we wonder if it will ever be the same again, we come face to face with the reality that we are really not in control at all. We cannot ultimately control the unexpected twists of this journey on earth, and we may find ourselves in circumstances we simply cannot change. 

In times of such distressing helplessness, mundane tasks and daily necessities serve as a path through the hours. 

We may not be able to change our situation, but by simply being together we can do the next thing, and the next, and we can make our way through difficulty hand in hand. 

Worried hands need tasks to busy them, and worried hearts need others to steady them.

Words are not necessary, nor are solutions. Our God is in our midst, encircling us and holding us. Togetherness is enough, even in the silence of our fears and the prayers that rise like groans deeper than words.

Underneath are the Everlasting Arms, steadying us. We will lean on Him. Together.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. -Deuteronomy 33:27

How have you navigated times of helplessness and fear in your life? 

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