By: Agie Ravalo
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 2 Samuel 22:19 (NKJV)
How many times have we experienced being disheartened and dejected, lonely, and depressed? It’s one inevitable ordeal, that excuses nobody. In times like these, we look for someone we can trust and depend on. We need people who can support us during tough times. Cathy Williams (2014), mentioned in her article that having a support system brings many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills, and longer and healthier life. Studies have also shown that social support can reduce depression and anxiety. Giving and receiving support from others is a basic human need.
While brushing my teeth at noontime I, suddenly, felt a stabbing pain in the lower back of my spine. I felt uncomfortable to move or even take a small step. More than the pain, the thought of no one around as my support troubled me. Yes, I was all alone. So, I prayed and helped myself to, at least, walk toward my bed. I grabbed anything I could hold on to, for support so I could walk and carry my awkwardly, rigid body until I finally reached the bed.
The episode kept me in the hospital for five days. Doctors found out that my spine needed some alignment. My friends came; their visit strengthened me. When my family stayed with me, I realized I have never been alone. Sometimes we take things so negatively that we forget that God will use objects, and different people to exemplify His support and love for us.
It’s another remarkable incident in my life that proves God loves me. What a great God! I believe that whatever circumstances and challenges I face in life the Lord will always continue to be my solid support.