So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Friend to Friend
Sometimes it’s the little things that really get to me. I spend a great deal of time in front of a computer – with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the convenience a computer offers when it comes to writing, but there are times when I would like to throw my laptop into the nearest body of water and be done with it.
I can remember the days when I literally wrote out every word of a lesson or devotion because I was terrified of even trying to use a computer. Through trial and error, and the patience of friends who have repeatedly rescued me from more than one cyber disaster, I have evolved into a fairly capable computer operator. I have retrieved lost chapters and lessons, eradicated various viruses, erected firewalls, foiled hackers … and have come through the fray relatively unscathed.
And then it happened.
I was returning home from a speaking event and decided to use the three-hour flight to work on a writing assignment due the next day. It was one of those unusually sweet and highly productive times when the words come easily and eventually form sentences that actually make sense.
I was on a roll – and so was my laptop when the plane suddenly hit an air pocket.
I watched in horror as my laptop caught air, crashed to the floor of the plane, and slid under the seat in front of me. Fortunately, I had saved my work and desperately hoped the laptop had not been damaged in its fall. When the plane and everyone on board regained their composure, I quickly retrieved the computer and breathed a sigh of relief after a quick inspection revealed nothing more than a couple of new, but minor, scratches.
I opened the computer, ready to resume my work. And then I saw it, the now empty space where the “B” key was supposed to be. Evidently, it had popped off in the fall and was nowhere to be found. I wasn’t too concerned. I mean, after all, how important is one little key? There are plenty of other keys from which to choose. They all look pretty much the same. A missing letter or symbol here or there can’t be that much of a problem, can it?
I soon discovered that one little missing computer key could be a very big problem. All of a sudden, it seemed like every other word I needed contained a “B.” My frustration level rose as my finger instinctively kept hitting the spot where the “B” was supposed to be and found … nothing.
I finally decided I really needed that key and went looking for it. The passengers around me joined in the search. Only a couple of minutes had passed when the person seated in front of me shouted, “Got it!” I snapped the missing “B” back into place. I was amazed at how much better the whole keyboard seemed to function now that the lost key was back where it should be.
We all lose our way at one time or another.
An unexpected life storm knocks us flat.
A bad choice causes us to stumble and fall.
We snap under the pressure of a difficult relationship, and no one seems to care or even notice the pain we feel.
But then, like a Shepherd searching for that one lost sheep, God turns to us and hears our cry. He lifts us out of the darkness, gives us a safe place to stand and fills our heart with a new song of praise.
And He uses people to do it all. In fact, God delights in using people to reach out and love other people who are wounded and lost.
God created us to need each other. We are daughters of the King, sisters in Christ, and Girlfriends in God. When one hurts, all of us should feel the pain. When one of us has fallen, we need to reach out, link arms, and hold on until the storm has passed.
Who needs your love and encouragement? Remember the lesson of the missing “B” and ask God to love others through you … today.
Father, I know You want me to share the love I have found in You. Forgive me for the many times I have been too busy to see the needs around me. Break my heart for those who are in pain and feel hopeless. Encourage them through me, Lord. Fill my heart with Your love so that I can give it away.
In Jesus’ name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Read Galatians 5:22-23. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Make a list of the attributes listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Beside each one, write the name of someone who needs you to live out that quality in his or her life. Here is an example to help you get started:
Love: Jane – my neighbor who is struggling with her teenage son
Make a specific plan for meeting each need. (I will take Jane to lunch.)
Put a time limit on it. (I will take Jane to lunch this Thursday.)
Record your experience in your journal.
More from the Girlfriends
Building relationships can be hard and even scary. Check out Mary’s six-week E-Bible Study, I Need a Friend, for 9 steps you can take to build healthy friendships.
I would love to hear what God does through you this week because you were willing to step out in obedience. Email me your story at: email@example.com.