Cease the Day!
By K Loos
I recently said good-bye to a dear friend and mentor who was suddenly called to move to Oklahoma. We had only a few short weeks to prepare for her departure and time was not on our side. The evening before she left, the Lord blessed us with many good memories and a ton of laughs! I will never forget her petite figure behind the giant moving truck wheel and trying to give her direction in the pouring rain, as she backed the truck up to her apartment door.
What this experience taught me, is that life is short and constantly in motion. Friends you love today may not be with you forever- at least until eternity! If only I hadn’t waited so long to extend my friendship to her, I thought, as we shared good-byes that evening.
My friend and I had good intentions of getting together and making pies! I cannot make a good crust to save my life, (ask Ryan), and she generously extended her friendship and skills to help me to become a better pie baker for my husband and family. Sadly, our time together was cut short before we could get together, but I am believing that if the Lord does not provide us with an opportunity to bake together here on earth, that I will receive those heavenly baking skills in eternity, where God promised there would be no more pain and suffering- believe me, my family has suffered!
God has used this experience to work in me greater confidence and less self-centeredness. As a mom, especially, I feel so insecure about my relational skills and it is so easy to fill my time with everything but relationship building. Fellowship in the body of Christ is so vital for our spiritual growth. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Eccles.4:9-10).
I love the story of Moses and the battle against the Amalekite army. Joshua took men out on the battlefield while Moses, Aaron and Hur stood on top of the hill. When Moses had God’s staff raised in the air, they were winning, but when he lowered his arms, the Amalekites began to overcome them. They knew they had to keep the staff of God raised in order to defeat the army, but in order to do so, they all had a role to play. Joshua and his men fought bravely; Moses kept God’s staff raised, and Aaron and Hur did everything to support Moses in keeping his arms raised- even holding his arms up for him!
We all can relate, at different times in our lives, to the different roles that these men played. There have been times when I felt in the forefront of the battle; other times, when I’ve been on the sidelines in prayer and still other times when God placed me in the role of supporting others. The point is, no matter what our physical, emotional and spiritual condition, we are all striving to press forward in the Lord and we need each other to do so!
I don’t know what may be holding you back from reaching out to others. For me it was my own insecurities and business, but regardless, the enemy wants us to be alone because he knows then that he’s got us cornered!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
God made you, you for a purpose! Don’t be afraid to be the man or woman He created you to be! Open yourself up and be a friend to others and God will open doors for friendships you never thought were possible! You never know when you will meet the next gem in His Kingdom, and, dare I say, a phenomenal pie baker!