This afternoon the UPS man had a bit of misfortune - his truck got stuck in the slushy snowy mix. He was revving the motor, probably sitting inside trying to will the truck to move. You know the feeling - "Oh, boy, here we go. This could get messy. What a doozy. Can't I just get out of this mess quickly and easily?"
But the UPS guy had an advantage - he wasn't working alone today. He had his partner with him. Between the two of them, with some serious effort and concerted attention, they got "unstuck" and were able to get on with their work day. I was glad to see them drive off; it's been pretty cold here in south central Kansas as of late, and I feel for anyone outside in this weather. But then I thought about something Solomon wrote in the Old Testament, and I was grateful the Lord used the stuck UPS truck to minister to me today.
In the book of Ecclesiastes it says that it's not good when one falls down and has no friend to help him up, and that a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken. The UPS man had his co-worker to help him out, and the effort of the two of them yielded what would have been nearly impossible if he'd been alone. My life is like that. Your life is, too. We need to be "together" on this life journey, as we walk out our faith in Jesus. Going it alone isn't wise - because we will fall down at some point and will need someone to help us up. I'm grateful for wonderful friends, my husband, my family, even my "invisible" friends that I lean on via blogs, magazines, etc. My life in general, and specifically as a homeschooling woman, are made much easier because I have a cord of 3 strands. Of course, the most important "strand" in the cord is the Lord, and for Him I am more than simply thankful. I'm eternally grateful, and will be able to tell Him so face to face forever and ever when my days on this planet come to their appointed end.
Take time today to think of your friends who get you "unstuck" and thank the Lord for them, and for His unfailing love and care over your life.
Day 7 done :)
Jan L. Burt