A Little Help from your Friends

So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.  Exodus 17:10-13 (NLT)

Lainey had waited all summer for school to start. It meant the return of her best friend, Sarah, after a summer spent with her dad out of town. The girls had become friends a couple of years ago when their moms had met at a Bible study. Each were in a similar situation. Their dads were no longer in the home. Lainey’s dad had remained in town but Sarah’s dad had moved to a different city nearly 100 miles away and she spent her summers with him. They had spent a lot of time talking about their situations, encouraging each other, holding each other up and praying together.

School was starting a little later this year due to construction. But when that first day came, Lainey searched for her friend’s face in the sea of students. Sarah saw her first and ran to hug her. “I’ve missed you so much,” she said. “And I have so much to tell you.”

It had been a summer of difficult circumstances for Lainey. Her dad had a new friend and had spent less and less time with her and her little sister. It seemed like he was walking further and further away from his covenant family. When she talked with Mom about it, she didn’t seem to be discouraged. She just said, “Well, we’ll keep praying and trusting and believing and forgiving. God knows what He’s doing.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.”  Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NLT)

Lainey didn’t want to burden her friend who seemed to be bursting with news she wanted to share. So she hugged Sarah back and said, “Tell me about it!”

“My dad is moving back to town!” Sarah exclaimed. “He got a job here and will be starting in a couple of weeks. It will be so nice to have him here in town. Then I can see him whenever I want. He told me this summer he missed us and wanted to be a bigger part of our lives.”

Lainey was genuinely happy for her friend – and maybe a little bit jealous. Sarah’s dad was moving in the right direction while her dad seemed to be taking a detour road. But through all the trials they had faced, they had been there for each other, lifting each other up when circumstances seemed impossible.

Sarah could sense Lainey’s sadness so she made plans to meet after school so they could talk and pray. When the last bell sounded, they found each other and walked together to a shady spot on the school grounds. There Lainey poured out her heart to Sarah, cried a little and was hugged a lot. It was so good to have Sarah back to encourage her.

Sarah said, “You know Lainey, even though we both had different summers we know that God is still working. He knows each of our situations and is working on His plans for our families. If we can keep persevering in prayer, loving unconditionally, and forgiving with our hearts, God will finish the good work He began in our families. It might not look the same for each of us but we have His promise. We can’t let go of that.” After the girls had prayed together, they hugged goodbye and made plans to meet again tomorrow to pray.

Lainey left for home with a lightened heart. Her friend had held her up when she was too tired to do it herself.

She had reminded her that Jesus was and would be always with her. She knew she could continue this journey with His strength and a little help from her friends.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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