Cleanup on Aisle 10 – 5 Ways to Support a Friend in Need

I only needed to grab a jar of peanut butter I thought as I dashed into the grocery store the other day, but as I rounded the end of aisle 10, I bumped into a friend. She’s the type of friend I don’t see all that often, but every time is as though no time has passed at all. “How have you been?” She asked giving me a hug. “Busy but good.” I replied. “Me too.” She said. Then just as our grocery story encounter was about to remain succinctly brief, barely skimming the surface of our two hectic lives, she added “things have been really crazy this week.” Suddenly I heard something different in her tone. It wasn’t an “I need to get Joey to soccer, stop at the dry cleaners, get Ashley to her dance recital practice, get home to make dinner before I collapse” kind of crazy week reply. Instead, there was a palpable heaviness in her words. “Is everything ok?” I asked, stepping a bit closer. It wasn’t. Life had thrown a monkey wrench right in the middle of her already hectic life. Totally blindsided, it wasn’t anything she even remotely saw coming. Instantly I knew there was something far more important than peanut butter in aisle 10. There was a divine appointment, an answer to her unspoken prayer of need. Life needed to just stand still and stop, pausing so we could just be. We lingered quite a while in the store that day. Reflecting back on our conversation I thought I’d share a few things you can do the next time you find...