The Waiting Game (when a friend is in crisis)

What do you do when you have a friend who is in the midst of constant crisis? Do you quietly back away? Or do you stand firm as the tears fall? The harshness of life can drain you dry and when it isn’t you whose personally going through the crisis, it’s easier to laugh and believe it isn’t happening. It’s not evil to live. It’s not horrible to want to forget. But, what about your friend? They don’t have the ability to walk away from their crisis.

God calls us to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).’ How can we do that unless we stay beside them even in the midst of the waiting game? The waiting game is the worse part of the crisis. No one knows what will happen or when it will happen.

So, I wait. I pray. I hope. I will hold your hand and your faith for you during this time of upheaval. I will be your shoulder when the tears fall and your voice when you can no longer speak. I won’t leave you no matter how much time will pass. I will call you out of the blue, and ask how you are. I will take you out to lunch so that you can have a moment of unfettered breath. I won’t force you to be strong for me, because I want you to lean on me.

You are not alone. My tears will fall for you, and when you need that moment of laughter, I won’t judge you harshly, but rather join in, because those rare moments will get you through the next bit of crisis.

In this waiting game, when days grow into weeks and weeks into months, I won’t tell you to move on, but I will be standing beside you offering you prayer and encouragement. Lean on me. I’m not going anywhere.

Ps 147:3 ~~He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


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