Have you ever been in a situation where you needed someone to stand by you? Our friend Narisa shares her recent experience of being bedridden.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” – Provers 17:17
Hello, my name is Narisa and I have been working as an actress in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. My days here are filled with auditions, commercials, rehearsals and events. Part of my job also involves keeping my appearances, mind and soul camera-ready for the next shoot or opportunity. Coming from Japan to Los Angeles, I always had to depend myself for everything because my family was not with me and I did not have any friends. Back then, I was not a believer yet and so I thought that having to depend on others is a bad thing. But God had a lesson in store for me.
Recently, I was really busy with work and life to the point that I only could sleep for a few hours a day for months in a row. One night, I wanted to relax so I started gardening by growing some vegetables at my balcony. However, when I tried to carry a bag of heavy soil for my planters, I suddenly felt a searing pull on my back. It was so painful that I felt like a thunder hit me from above. I could still walk but the pain increased more and more and after a few hours, I could not move at all.
I was in a lot of panic, so for the first time, I posted on the community board of my home church and Facebook to ask for help. I did not expect much from it because I know that people are busy working but to my surprise, quite a few of my friends answered the call for help immediately.
For one week, I was then bedridden as I could even sit up to eat and drink or go to the bathroom by myself. I felt excruciating pain even when I tried to move an inch of my body. Being injured and having to ask for help were not easy for me. I had no choice but to reveal everything about myself to others including my pain, my face without any make up and my greasy hair that has not been washed for days, just to name a few haha!
Although I could not fend for myself, my bedridden days were somehow filled with God’s provision and love. People went over the top through their actions and words to bless me just because I was injured. I was expecting that my days being bedridden to be unfruitful because I missed my auditions during those times. But somehow, God provided for me in other ways and He many fruits in my life i.e. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22) Moreover, I have finally got the rest that I desperately needed.
One night, a friend of mine R prayed healing on my back and a few hours later, something quite miraculous happened; I could finally walk again very slowly but surely. I was amazed by the power of prayer because I could barely move on inch before that prayer. After that, my community continued to pray for healing over me that sped up my recovery. I am so thankful that God put me in a community of believers who would stand by me when I had to depend on them and would pray bold prayers for me when I was too weak to do so.
I could never thank my friends enough for the love that they showered me when I needed them the most. When things got so bad that I could not even go to the bathroom, my friends would help me. They fed me when I could not move, brought me food when I was hungry, did my laundry to cheer me up, took me to the doctor and even cried with me when the treatment was too painful to bear. But most importantly, by making themselves available to love on me, they allowed God to move powerfully through them into my life.
There is a saying that goes, “Without the dark, we’d never see the stars’.
As painful as it was, I thank God for time when I was bedridden because without that suffering, I would not have been able to witness God’s miracles and true love from my community of Christ. Even though I could not work or provide for myself, God fed me His bread of life and molded my character. I may have suffered and probably lost a few job opportunities when I was bedridden but in the end, I found something far more precious in my circumstances: my God who heals and a family in Christ in LA who would stand together with me through out all circumstances.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
-1 John 4:11-12 (NIV)