I walked 10 minutes to a friend’s house to eat dinner in 10 minutes to walk 10 minutes back to campus because I had 30 minutes between classes and she knew the day was hard and that what I practically needed was food and a hug.
There’s something to be said about the kindness offered to someone who is in a season of constantly being overwhelmed, constantly being tired, and constantly wondering if this is the moment where God won’t provide mercy for the moment.
Her willingness to have me in her house for ten minutes was in fact enough mercy for the day.
I hope you all have places of safety and I hope you all are places of safety for others as well.
Just like the crowds who came to Jesus (whom he fed), all I offered my friend that day was my hunger. And she gave me far more than she knows.
Also? I think many of us journey alone because we don’t want to be a burden. But my friend reminded me in action that it is not a burden for her to love me. Don’t carry your sorrows alone. That was never the call. When we give our burdens to Jesus, He typically (in my experience) sends in a friend to journey with us through the night.
I’ll say it again: I hope you all have places of safety and I hope you all are places of safety for others as well.