Fall leaves crunch underfoot and brisk air invigorates every movement.
My girls squeal on the giant inflatable pillow at the pumpkin patch. Jumps and twirls delight them. The sister’s hold each other tightly as they race from one end to the other. The erratic bounces of the other gleeful children force a higher bounce and a tumble onto the lively pillow. Louder squeals ensue. Their joy is not hindered by a fall, but rather they look forward to the other sister pulling them back up. Complete trust in each other’s love. What an amazing gift from God.
As the writer of Ecclesiastes knew, we can’t do this thing called life alone. We need other people around us whom we can trust to pick us back up.
In my life, I’ve experienced no shortage of falls. However, there has been a lack of people I can count on to pick me back up.
As Christ followers, we know where our real help comes from—the Lord. If we lack in loving and trusting relationships, we can go to Him with our requests. He is a God of abundance, and His love for us is immeasurable. He will grant us friends to sit with us during hard times. He will bring divine connections of people who can speak light into our lives. He will let us feel His hand, lifting us up through the hands of His chosen people.
God will also give us the strength to pick others up. We will refuse to ignore their hurting. He will enable us to sit with someone in their pain without judgment.
Ask God for friends who have His character; patience, gentleness, and faithfulness.
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