“Mandy, what’s going on? Talk to me!” Christy tried to keep her voice low as she headed out of the office space into the hallway. She had taken the call after letting it ring out twice. Mandy knew she was at work, so she figured this must be important. She could hear heavy sobs on the other end.
After a couple of minutes, the crying subsided. “Ken had a stroke this morning at work"; Mandy managed to get out in a muffled tone.
"Thankfully, he was rushed to the emergency room (ER) in good time. They say he will be fine but turns out he does need surgery to fix something in his arteries. I just feel so overwhelmed right now.”
“Wow, that’s a lot to deal with" ; Christy responds. “I am sure you want to be with him as he undergoes surgery. I know you are thinking about the things you committed to doing in preparation for the women’s retreat next week and the kids.”
“I just don’t know what to do right now. Steve is driving me to the hospital, but the kids need to be picked up soon," Mandy starts crying again.
“Hey, it's OK. Emmm, I will take the rest of the day off, swing by the school and get Toby and Chloe. I’ll bring them to see you guys briefly. Of course they can stay with me for a few days. And don’t worry about the women’s retreat prep. Between Stella and I, we got you covered. Just hang in there. Everything is going to be fine, OK?” Christy assures her.
“What are friends for?”
“Christy, thank you so much!” Mandy responds in appreciation.
In a nutshell: A friend is one who will adjust their life – schedule, plans, activities – to be there for you when you need them. A friend is one who is willing to experience some inconvenience to meet another’s need. The cliché ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’, holds such truth.
You know you have a friend when challenging times come and they are willing to ‘bend over’ to help you get through. A friend is one you don’t take for granted, but can readily count on!
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. [Proverbs 17:17; AMPC]
Your Take: Pause and reflect – the last time you needed help, who did you reach out to and why? Share in the comments below.
*Unless otherwise stated, characters in the narrative are fictitious. The narrative excerpt while realistic is simply meant to illustrate the principle being explored.