I was a small part of a very exciting episode of sisterhood – networking – in action today. It speaks to the power of the internet, the power of prayer, and the power of women to make things happen.
As most of you know, I am part of an art group we lovingly call our fly tribe. A group of women originally brought together by our love of art, and our attempts to make a business out of it. But over the past nearly 2 years it has grown into a group who have supported each other through all the things that women experience – divorce, illness, unruly teenagers, death, losses of all kinds, old age, marital problems, and of course the happy times as well. Were it not for the internet, and specifically facebook, we never would have met, let alone developed close relationships.
Well, one of our sisters was in trouble. Without getting into details, she had gotten into a bad relationship, which had turned dangerous, and ultimately found herself (and her dog) with no means of support, and literally days away from being alone and on the street.
She came to the group asking for suggestions. She was without money, or family support, and estranged from all her real world friends since moving away from her longtime home to be with this guy. We’d all been praying for her for weeks, and although we wracked our brains, were at a loss. One of the girls thought she might have a room for her, but it fell through, and we were grasping at straws. The situation was really getting dire. I was afraid we weren’t thinking far enough outside the box and put up a message on my wall asking for suggestions.
Another artist in a different group saw my post and asked for details, which I shared (via message, not on the main post) and she said she had a room available a few states away and would like to offer it to my friend AND her pooch and what worldly possessions she had left.
Within hours, pledges for financial help in getting her from where she is to the state where the room is, were in from the group and a plan made. She’ll be moving the end of the week. It’s not a permanent fix, but it’s a safe place to lay her head while she figures out where to go from here. An amazing blessing.
We are all ecstatic! What was an almost hopeless situation turned into the beginnings of a new start in life in a very short time, through the power of the internet, prayer and sisterhood.
This story has many lessons in it, not the least of which is that if you need help, you need to ask for it. The worst thing the universe can say is “sorry, can’t help you.” But more likely is that someone, somewhere can help, you just have to find them.
I am so proud of my fly tribe for sticking by our sister, and donating so unselfishly, and extremely grateful for the wonderful, caring, compassionate woman who stepped up when she didn’t need to and saved a fellow woman (and her dog!) from the horrors of living on the street.
As I close my eyes tonight, I’ll be offering up a little prayer of thanksgiving. He was with us today, putting the right people in the right places at the right time to make this happen. I am just sure of it.
It’s been a tiring, but extremely uplifting day, and I just wanted to share it with you.