Sending out an SOS

Sending out an SOS

It’s not been a good day. In fact, it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as Alexander would say. You would think, after returning from a week’s vacation at the beach, I’d be on Cloud 9 … tanned, rested and in an optimistic frame of mind. Well, I was … for a few hours. But the world has a tendency to come crashing in like a tidal wave at times like that … you know, when you least expect it? Even my fantastic tan is a liability since I have to see my cranky, scolding dermatologist at the end of the week. (What idiot schedules her annual skin check after a week at the beach…yes, that would be me!) There are several serious and painful matters regarding loved ones that have dropped me to my knees in prayer. Playing catch-up at work and home is always overwhelming. Oh, and did I mention, I’m parenting a teenager? Or should I say … TRYING to parent a teenager and not feeling at all successful at the job today.

Sometimes it can feel like we’re drowning in every area of our lives.

As I struggled to breathe under the tidal wave today, I turned to a friend from my Neighborhood Bible Study. I texted her a simple request: Will u pray for me? Feeling super overwhelmed & under attack right now. She texted back: Yes. Jesus is enough. Lean into Him. Followed by red hearts. Wonderful words. Words which simultaneously made me smile and freed me to shed the tears that I’d been swallowing back for several days. Words that reminded me where — and in whom — my hope lies.

I just needed someone to get in the boat with me. 

What a privilege to have people in your life who are willing to get in the boat and pray for you. Their prayers are like an SOS to the Lord, and He hears. He always hears. It is SO WORTH IT to drop the mask and facade of being the “perfect” ….mom, wife, employee, friend… (whatever, you fill in the blank) and ask for help! Who really believes in this “perfect” stuff anyway? I’m so over it!

If you have one person in your life with whom you can be real and who will 911-pray for you when you ask … hang on to her for dear life!

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 NIV

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erica roundtreeErica Rountree is a freelance writer and the communications director at Action Ministries Inc. She lives and works in Marietta, Georgia, where she’s a member of a neighborhood Bible study and mama to two girls who constantly outsmart her and drive her to drink sweet tea.




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