And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV)
Recently, I was at a function and someone brought me a glass of water. I took a swig and thought I had gone to heaven. It was refreshing and . . . indescribable.
At the first opportunity, I made my way to the craft table to see what exactly I had been drinking.
There – in the water dispenser – floated sprigs of rosemary and whole strawberries. Yum! While plain water is hydrating, this concoction was amazing . . . and invigorating! Crazy how you can take three simple ingredients, let them brew, and they come together to become something so much more!
This got me to thinking about my best friend.
For some of us, our spiritual best friend is our spouse. For others it may be a sweet bosom buddy that we are safe to share our biggest dreams, hurts and struggles. Some may find a parent or pastor as their spiritual mentor and anchor. However it looks – we are better when not a single strand.
We need partnership because our walk with the Lord includes both sweet, mountain top experiences and dry, barren valleys. That’s just the reality of life. So God designed us to not walk alone. He wants our lives to entwine with someone else’s with the Lord as the Center Strand. This way, we are not just stronger; our lives infuse to bring forth a fresh, enticing witness to those around us!
Father, we thank You that You have designed us to need others. Forgive us for pulling away from friendships because we fear intimacy. Help us to find a friend who longs after You too. Someone who will pull us up out of the valleys as well as share the amazing views at the top! Amen!