Helping My Wife Give Birth From Hawaii

Helping My Wife Give Birth From Hawaii

Emily went into labor at around 12:30am. She’d been watching lots of videos and reading baby books in preparation for the moment, but when it hit she started getting nervous.

Just so happened our friend Sarah who lives in Hawaii (and happens to be a nurse and mother) was on Facebook at the time. It was way earlier there, so Emily wrote her. She wrote back immediately, and for the next half hour coached her through what to do.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that – and thanking God for it.

I’ve been thanking him for friends. We’ve moved a bunch, and consequently many of our closest friends are spread all over the world. But they are still friends that God uses to encourage us.

We are made for friendship. We need it. It’s easy to get hurt a few times and decide to close yourself off so you don’t get hurt again. But you can’t afford to do that. Mostly because, the life you really want only happens in community.

We met Sarah while she was living in Corpus Christi, TX. Lots of people complain about that town. Funny thing is, I have really great memories of living there – because of the relationships we made. Friends were what made that town a wonderful place to live.

I read a blog post once from someone who thought they had some great insight. It basically said: All my friends want me to keep in touch with them, but I’m busy living life and raising kids. They need to get over it! Lots of folks commented back that they agreed with this sage’s comments.

I’m interested to see how that’s working out for that blogger. I’d wager that person is probably pretty lonely and overwhelmed and can’t figure out why.

Besides loving God and our family I think one of the most valuable things we can do with our time is to nurture friendships. We need to keep up with people and stay in contact. Even if it’s hard.

Feel like you don’t have any friends? Easy solution: Be friendly. Put others first. Listen to them. Do that and you’ll have more friends than you know what to do with.

I’m rambling now. But, here’s my point. Value friendship. When we are in need God uses the investments we’ve made in relationships to bring us the help and encouragement at the perfect time. Friends are a gift from God.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecc. 4:9-10

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Pr. 11:25