WEEK 1: Not an Island


“I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3, NIV)

Not too long ago, I experienced quite a challenge with service providers who were making my job harder than it needed to be. As I parked my car and walked to the office, I thought to myself: “I wish I were on an island where I could just do everything myself!”

Being pregnant at the time, and with quite a severe cough, I had to go to the doctor for a routine check-up that day. He had barely started with the examination when I had a coughing spell, and after listening to my lungs, he immediately admitted me to hospital with pneumonia. His rooms are in a hospital about 30 minutes from my house, and I didn’t have chance to go home and fetch sleepwear, a toothbrush and a phone charger, and my husband had to beat traffic to get home to look after our toddler and couldn’t come to the hospital again. What to do?

I phoned a colleague whose mother and sister live close to the hospital and asked if it would be okay to contact them and ask for a few necessities. Naturally, it was no problem, and in a short space of time I had a complete hospital bag by my bedside, and visitors with a much-needed cup of coffee.

At that moment, my own words from earlier that day rang in my ears!

I was taught a valuable lesson that day: God didn’t intend for us to stand on our own. He gave us life and love, fellowship and friendship, community and companionship.

Let’s thank Him for being a God of relationships and embrace those around us as we serve Him together.