Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

Beside You

Whatever space you’re occupying in life right now, God has placed others nearby who will stand beside you.

Do you believe this? I know I do. People almost strategically placed to be there for specific circumstances or seasons.

More than coincidence.

More like a gift.

In fact, sometimes all it takes is one other person to know the journey you’re on and it’s enough to keep us surging forward, if for the very reason that we carry the knowledge that we’re not alone.

Because we matter, He places people to stand beside us.

And we’re never alone. We matter. We know this. The Word is filled with this important assurance that He sees us at all times, hears us at all times, and is our refuge at all times.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23: 23-24


We matter to our Father. So much so that He is busy weaving the right people for the right time into our stories.

Sometimes the physical presence of someone who gets it takes us from a  ‘maybe’ state of mind, to an ‘I can go one more day, and then the next, and then the next’ state of mind. Why?

Because sometimes our faith can falter on its own. Sometimes our default is feeling trapped and alone. Until God directs a hand reaching out or a voice lifting us up.

And we realize through the physical that He’s still supplying in the spiritual.

I know He did that for me. Time and again. I’d need three extra hands to count all the times He placed someone in my life who would simply be there.

Most recently, back when I was needing direction for how to talk to loved ones about my diagnosis after I first was given it. Someone He placed in my way almost overnight, who would help to guide and pray and give me feedback and support, and then became a friend. Looking back it’s His hand I see on that connection, clear as anything. For with them beside me, I knew the reveal to loved ones would be exactly what God was orchestrating in His timing and grace and healing like I had never seen. It’s been awhile since I told her thank you, again.

I’m going to do that soon. That’s how important and pivotal she was.

Sometimes we have to look hard, before we realize there’s even one other beside us. I remember meeting a young woman for coffee a few months back. She reached out, at the end of her rope, not sure what to do about life. She was in a situation that made her feel trapped, unseen, and alone. She kept repeating she had no one she could take her secrets to. No one to just be there. Until I stopped her.

To correct her. To douse the lie that there would never be anyone.

Because she did have someone. And I had been sitting across from her. Willing to take all the next steps if need be.

To stand beside her.

That’s what friends do. They might only be there for a short time. They might be there for the longest haul ever.

But you always have someone beside you.

It was like she opened her eyes to realize I really was sitting across from her. She had reached out thinking she had no one. And in her reaching out, she had someone.

Two someone’s actually. For God had been busy impressing upon my heart that coffee with her was imperative.

For Him. For me. For her.

I’m not telling you this to say I’m a great friend. Nope.

I’m telling you this so that the next time you’re handed a lie that you’re not seen, that you never mattered, that you’re unnecessary, you can toss that ugly, useless lie away. Far, far away.

You have been seen, dearest one. You have not gone unnoticed, and your cries are not unheard, your lonely heart is not dismissed.

Want to know how I know?

Just look beside you. Look close, with open eyes and heart, okay?

In the shadow of the greatest Someone, will be someone else He’s gifting to you for such a time as this.

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  1. Awesome words I’ve found here today. I have never gone through hard times without God placing someone in my way to be a listener or cheerleader. Isn’t God just so good? His gifts are amazing.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 7, 2015 at 2:21 PM

      He gives far more abundantly than all we could ever ask or hope or pray for! His gifts ARE amazing, Pamela, you said it 🙂 I’m so glad to connect with you today! Thanks so much for dropping by, hope you have an amazing day!

  2. Beautiful encouragement that I needed today Christine! Thank you. As always, I will leave your blog refreshed and full of hope!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 7, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      Thank you Ellen! You always leave me feeling encouraged too! Have a wonderful and blessings filled day!

  3. Thank you, Christine. This is just what I needed to read today and allow to soak in. Love wraps me in warm and welcoming arms every day and I can trust my Lord. I have my precious husband who listens and shares. We are one.
    Glad you are my neighbor at Faith Barista today.
    ~ linda

    • Christine Duncan

      May 7, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      What a wonderful gift that is Linda, your husband who goes through everything and shares everything alongside you, one of the most precious gifts God can give! And I’m sure there are others, even when we’re not aware, God places us on people’s hearts when needed!
      I’m so grateful for your connection through the blogs, Linda! Don’t ever be a stranger! Blessings!

  4. Abby Breuklander

    May 7, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    I am so glad that He put us together, hugs!!! 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      May 7, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      Me too, Abby! What a gift you’ve been 🙂 God uses you to lift up and encourage with your words and friendship! Seems to be your calling, and I’m so thankful for it!

  5. Christine, what a great and encouraging post! Looking back on my life I can see how God put people in my path at just the right time. Sometimes I needed the listening ear, sometime I was the listening ear. You are right. We are precious in God’s sight and we all matter to Him.

  6. Beautiful words sweet friend – thanks for encouraging me to keep my eyes open for that someone He is gifting me. You are certainly on that list frequently!

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