You’re Not Alone- Standing By You
When my brain overloads with content from audio books, I switch it off and turn on the radio as I drive. This song has come on multiple times over the last few months; “Love, you’re not alone. I’m gonna stand by you” she sings. While she and I disagree on what she thinks of faith, I deeply resonate with what she’s saying in the chorus. (Plus, I secretly enjoy pop music. A fact I’m not supposed to admit in public as it embarrasses my husband .)
-You’re not alone; I’m standing with you.- The commitment she sings about immediately brings certain people to mind who have lived it out in my life. They have stood next to me when I wasn’t sure I could keep standing. Then I intuitively pray that God will make us a community who lives this out. I want the women of the Verity Fellowship to be women who walk together. The devotion, strength, and sharing from the song are truly biblical concepts. God made us to live “not alone.”
As women who are willing to stand up and teach the Bible to a group or who sit and shepherd broken-hearted sisters, or who proclaim that your greatest need is fulfilled in Jesus to a bunch of rowdy 6- year- olds (or high schoolers who like to pretend they’re 6)- we must know that we are not alone. Sadly, there is no perfect IKEA-like instruction manual for ministry life.
There will be fiery times.
There will be days when we aren’t sure we can keep going.
There will be days when we’re a rock for others, but overwhelmed ourselves.
And then, there are the many times when we wonder what to do next.
And for these, we have each other. (Prov. 17:17)
I imagine Paul knew the same thing. He sent Tychicus to his friends and partners in Ephesus and Colossae with his letters, so that he could tell them how Paul and those with him were doing. Tychicus was their connection for sharing what was going on. And Paul told them the purpose was so that Tychicus would then encourage their hearts. (Col. 4:7-8, Eph. 6:21-22 )
We know that ministry is better with partners, so to remember that we are not alone we’re going to gather together in a unique way. While the ladies of Verity Fellowship may live all over the Pacific Northwest, on May 7th we will all be together at Verity Forum. Along with our times in large groups, we will also have an opportunity for something like a team huddle. These optional “birds-of-a-feather” (you know, as in “birds of a feather flock together”) groups bring you together with women serving in the same manner you are. If you’re a women’s ministry leader you’ll have the chance to meet with other women who do the same thing. If you minister the Bible to your children at home, you’ll gather with women like you. They will give you time to talk about what to do in hard situations, to celebrate ways God has worked, to brainstorm needs and ideas, and to pray for each other. Better still, if you want, you can exchange contact information and keep in touch between Verity events.
The generosity of our Father shows itself great in many ways, including giving us each other! Truth-speaking, experience-sharing, good-question-asking from a conference full of Jesus-laboring women from across the Northwest?! Oh, I cannot wait to be with you all.
Love, you’re not alone. We’re going to stand together.