I spent Easter weekend in California with my lovely husband. We put on our tourist shoes and headed into San Francisco on Good Friday, keen to see the Golden Gate Bridge and all that the city had to offer. A friend of Bradley’s had recommended that we do an open-top sight-seeing tour bus (that’s a mouthful), so that’s exactly what we did.
Our tour bus whizzed through the city as our guide cracked some funny jokes and told us about some historical facts. We were in our own little heaven as we learned about the beautiful place whilst tanning (or in Bradley’s case, burning) underneath the wonderful sunshine. About halfway through the tour as the bus was struggling to make its way up a steep hill, the tour guide mentioned something that has been whirling around in my mind ever since. It’s safe to say that I was having one of my blogger/devotional moments as I related a simple San Fran fact to my own every day life.
Let me show you some photos before I go any further. I apologise for the not so nice quality of the photographs – I forgot my fancy camera at home for the trip and so my iPhone had to do the job.
Okay, so you see how the buildings are all kind of toppled onto the other? It’s as if they have been built so that they’re leaning onto one another. There aren’t any gaps in between them – they’re all attached.
Well, every year roughly 10,000 earthquakes hit southern California, right by San Fransisco. Most of them are so small they can’t be felt, however there are a significant number that are stronger. 1989 was the last time a huge, severe earthquake hit the area, leaving complete destruction in its trail. Their buildings are purposefully built like this in case of an earthquake. They support one another when the ground beneath them shakes and moves. A building that’s unsupported, on its own, is way more likely to crumble than these that are placed beside each other.
It made me wonder about who I have supporting me when the ground beneath me begins to shake. Who have I surrounded myself with to help me in a desperate time of need? Those people need to be strong, supportive and reliable. There were a couple of good friends who popped up in my mind and I couldn’t help but thank God for them. Since then I have also been praying that I am that same supportive friend to them, and others who God has placed in my path.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
With God’s help, we will do mighty things.
If you don’t have friends like that, pray for them. Ask God for guidance. If you do, may today be the day that you thank both God and them for their constant love and support. Let’s be people who love on one another, armed and ready to pick the other up on a bad day. Share this post with those special people to let them know that they’re a good friend.