“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
I remember listening to a pastor at a service where my parents were being received into membership. He talked about them coming to share part of their journey at that church. We are each on a life journey and that journey may take us in many directions; our paths will cross with many people–some we will value and others we may wish we hadn’t met at all. There will be circumstances beyond our control, decisions that we will make – both right and wrong.
We think that our lives will work out in a certain way, but then things change and the reality is far different. My life changed dramatically at the age of 24. When I look back now, over twenty years later, I can see things very differently compared to how I saw them at that time. My journey took a turn I never expected, or planned for.
Along the journey, there will be people who are influential in helping us, or just walking alongside us as we journey together.
In the “Footprints” poem we are reminded that when life is tough Christ carries us, but so too do the people who come alongside us. They help and encourage us through times when we might wish to give up, or we just don’t know how we will get through.
Rest Ministries has introduced me to people who I am able to depend on during those hard times. They are people who understand me and support me, pray for me, encourage me, and not judge me. They just accept me with all my faults and my fears.
A preacher reminded me recently, that God “did not think it was good for man to be alone”–as it says in Genesis. God made us to need people and to need to be in fellowship of a Christian community. For some of us that community is not local. We may never meet them on this side of heaven, but we still have that community of people who are walking with us.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the people You send to walk this journey with me and thank You that You promise never to leave me, no matter what direction my path leads. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.