"In Isaiah 2:22 God asks, "Why are you putting your trust in frail people who are only alive for so short a time?" Then in the next verse, God says that he is removing from His people their props - the external things on which they depend, The reason? He wants people to trust Him.
What happens to us when our props are pulled out from under us? We discover what we are really leaning on, what we are really rooted and grounded in. Let me give you an example:
My husband and I play golf frequently . On the golf course are little twigs that will someday grow into trees. Those little plants have no strength or roots and they are so tiny and weak that usually, there are sticks set on either side of them as props to hold them up. Without those sticks to hold them up, the would be destroyed when the wind and rain come.
Do not be like a twig thrashing about in the wind because its props have been taken away. Instead, put down some roots so that one day you can stand tall and steady and be a tree of righteousness And remember that whatever God takes away from you or requires you to give up, He will give you more than you previously had, and everything will be better than before."
What was my support system? I didn't interpret this as being part of anything to do with the Church as Joyce suggests, however I know what my support system is and that is being a good friend and daughter, mother, sister and wife. Up to this point in my life, I had never had anything to threaten my relationship to people who I loved. I thrived on being a good and trustworthy friend, an honest wife and a loving and caring mother. The fact that I was often not home long enough to get involved in any gossip or get upset at the way people treated me or my family was a prop for me. There simply was not enough time to notice! I used this is as a prop to stand tall (or have the illusion that I was a strong Christian). However, being home for those 8 months changed my relationship with a lot of people I love the most.
Do you lean on God and stand tall, or do you thrash around in the wind?