Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Title: Friends are important
By Wong King Wai
Mark 2: 3 & 4 – 3 And they came, bringing to him (Jesus) a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
In Mark 2: 1-12, we read of Jesus healing a paralytic man, who was brought to him by four men. Because of a great crowd listening to Jesus preach the word, they decided the best way to get their friend to Jesus was to make a hole in the roof of the house, which at that time was easy to do, and lower the man down to Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus eventually healed the man.
When I read this passage, I marvel at the men that helped their friend to see Jesus. And they did it together as a team. The coordination to carry the bed is one thing, but to carry it up to the roof and then lower it down together with such control so that it didn’t fall on top of people’s heads is amazing. This bunch will certainly be friends for life.
I have a group of close university friends. I’ve been to all their weddings, met their children and other halves and have been informed of the milestones in their lives. We don’t see each other much because they are in Singapore and one is in the Netherlands, and I’m here in Malaysia. But we keep in touch via Whatsapp nearly everyday. And when we do meet face to face, the conversation just flows and we tease each other, laugh and listen to each other, and take a lot of photos. I believe they will be my friends for life.
Due to the pandemic I have come to realise the importance of fellowship and connection. Not that I didn’t know it before but I never truly understood the value and the significance of human connection until I didn’t have it. Also, it highlighted how loneliness and separation from others can lead to depression and anxiety. Having someone to talk to, connect with or just laugh with is important for a person’s wellbeing.
While university friends are just one group of people I stay in touch with, my Care Group is also a group I spend much time with at least weekly, as we meet every Friday. Before the MCO, we met physically in church and often met up for meals or gatherings to build stronger bonds. During the MCO we continued to meet on Zoom. Besides bible study, we also prayed for each other. While it can be tiring after a long day at work to join the meetings, I have found it spiritually helpful as I am reminded of how great our God is.
How about you? Have you a group of people you can turn to to support and help you during challenging times? I would encourage anyone, especially if you’re a Christian to join a fellowship group that meets regularly so you can have support and pray together. It also helps to keep one accountable and the testimonies of God’s goodness keep us encouraged to stay the course as the world is prone to distract us and lead us astray.
If you are not a member of a Care Group, but would like to be in one, do get in touch with the church office who can help direct you to contact the relevant parties. I hope you will find secure friendships with people in church who can help you, pray with you and encourage you in our walk with God until He comes again.
PRAYER: My Father in heaven, thank You for giving me brothers and sisters in Christ who can help me in my walk with You. Guide me to where I should be so I can develop friendships and community. Thank You for all things. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.