We are similar in age, similar in interests, similar in values, similar in our faith, even similar in our backgrounds.
We have no trouble interacting with people on a daily basis, but we tend to be slow in opening up to others about deeply personal issues.
We use to get together for lunch on a regular basis but life circumstances have changed and our paths don’t cross as often.
One day last week God rearranged my agenda for me without my permission and against my wishes; imagine that! As a result, I was able to meet my friend for lunch and we ended up talking for 3 and 1/2 hours!
We obviously needed the chance to catch up with each other and share some deep soul issues that we’re wrestling through. The fascinating thing is that after all that time together… nothing got solved! But it was some of the best fellowship I’ve ever experienced.
As a society we tend to pride ourselves on being able to solve most issues. The phrase “Do-It-Yourself” has become a commonly used acronym – DIY; even in the realm of Christianity.
But what if God has in mind for us a higher objective?
After 3 and 1/2 hours of pouring our hearts out to each other we walked away with no concrete solutions but with two essential realizations.
1. We realized that we were not alone in our struggles! Knowing that you have someone to share the journey is priceless in terms of providing a sense of hope. God never intended us to go it alone, but that tends to happen when we keep our struggles to ourself.
2. We realized that God is still with us right there in the midst of all the mess! We tend to want quick and concrete solutions from God but often times He wants us to wait and trust. Our fellowship was a chance to invite God into the dialogue and help each other see things from His perspective.
May we all find fellowship with friends who remind us that life is God’s story and we can trust Him with the details!
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