They were all strangers to me just five years ago. Why would anybody do those things?
The strangers arrived in succession beginning in 2006. In the five years that followed, I got married, quit my job, moved five times, and had two babies along the way, a miscarriage in between. My siblings relocated to various parts of the country from our hometown and my parents divorced. Friendships faded and seasons changed. Our childhood home was sold and it was clear that my roots needed to plunge deeper into our growing family's foundation. Those years were uncertain and painful, exciting and growth-producing.
Life wasn't happening the way I'd imagined. It was hard.
I'm here to suggest that you may not wind up living in the town in which you were raised or the city you've chosen to raise your family in. The time may be coming for you to take a leap. Maybe you already have. The job may move and the man you love may just happen to live across an ocean. Your children may relocate and retirement, well, maybe it's just around the corner and a few states away. Only God knows to what adventures you'll be called.
"The Lord, Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deut. 31:8
God was there before I even thought to take the first step...Every. Single. Time. He showed up in big ways in every city, neighborhood, hospital, and workplace that my husband and I've stepped foot in. He's sent His sons and daughters to knock on our doors in friendship and to comfort our hearts as brothers and sisters. He's given us hope through His care and trust through His provision.
Be confident in Him. Be strong and courageous. Answer the call.
1. Who has God sent to you in your toughest times?
2. Did you realize it at the time? If not, can you look back and recall when He provided a need?
3. Maybe now you're in a position to reach out. Who in your life might presently need your support?
4. We all go through trials. Was your faith strengthened or shaken? Why?
Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.
(Prov. 17:17, Msg.)
Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
(Romans 12:15-16, Msg.)
Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. (Proverbs 13:20, Msg.)