Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Buddy Wrap"

I have a friend with a broken toe and my first question was "Did you buddy wrap it?"
Buddy wrap - buddy taping - it's the procedure of taping the injured digit to one next to it that is not damaged and therefore giving it support and protection.

How good it is to have someone to buddy wrap yourself to when you are injured. There is nothing like having a friend who is strong when you are weak and whole when you feel fragmented. I find, in times like this, that the buddy tape that binds me to someone stronger can be made of email or phone calls or, most deliciously, with lattes at Starbucks.

These are the times when you talk more than listen, ask more questions than have answers and see the glass not anywhere near half full. Here a buddy is solid, listening, asking more questions to better understand, providing solutions and/or just a shoulder, offering perspective and hope. There's nothing like it. This is an old idea stated by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 4, "Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up."

Greater still than that is the ability to buddy wrap with He who "sticks closer than a brother". (Proverbs 18:24)

To know that at any and every time and place that you are connected to the One who made your heart and therefore understands every thing that touches it; God who is a refuge, a comfort, a shield, a place of shelter in times of need.

He never faints, never gets weary, never is weak and never stops lavishing you with unconditional love.

Psalms 139 says "You (God) beset me behind and before, You lay your hand of blessing upon me." The Hebrew word for "beset" means "to bind, to secure".

Hmm, sounds like buddy wrapping to me...

1 comment:

Rachel - Heart Assessment said...

I was just going to post on my blog about my buddy tape experience when I found the jpeg I wanted to use and I read what you wrote as an analogy as well. Good stuff!!!
(nice to meet you, or at least read your words today!)