walking with a friend

November 16, 2013 by 1 Comment

The other morning was pretty sweet.  I got to get out (without the kids) and go walking with a dear friend at my favorite local park.  She herself is in the midst of great suffering and we were able to talk, pray, and walk all the while being mutually encouraged as we shared our heart struggles in learning to trust the Lord.  We talked like we were in this ‘suffering club’ together and that we were thankful to God to arrange it provdentially that we can be a support for each other, an open ear to share truly how we are doing .  It was one of those times when you pray that the Lord would make you a help to your friend, but it turns out that you walk away more helped then you were able to give.  The Lord is kind to do that because I needed to be challenged in this way.

My friend quoted to me Proverbs 13:4

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” 

She explained that this verse the Lord gave her and she was seeing herself in it.  She was warned in this verse not to be the sluggard.  In the end, the sluggard doesn’t recieve what he is looking for, but is left disatisfied and empty.  She challenged me with how am I seeking the Lord.  Am I calling, asking, knocking, and seeking Jesus in the midst of my sorrow and fears of the future and health of my husband?  Am I finding myself diligent and fervantly seeking the Lord?  I was humbled.  We both confessed our greatest need is sitting at the feet of Jesus and drinking from His fountain that does not run dry.  For even this Proverb says that the ‘soul of the diligent is richly supplied.’  He promises to meet us and those who knock the door will be open.  His Word is exactly the place to be knocking and pouring my heart out to Him in prayer.  How often I am quick to be the sluggard and complain, ‘Where is my God?  Why has He left me?” When all along, I have neglected Him and not placing myself in front of Jesus as my only refuge.  Seeking false refuge in etertainment or even if I want to be real honest, food.  There I said, I have been playing the role as a sluggard in how I seek the Lord for reufge.

But Praise be to God that He does not leave us there.  In our sin and dirt.  He has made a way for us to be forgiven and made clean through the Cross of Christ!  And now my call is to repent of my sluggard ways and believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurection was made in full for me and all other confessing sluggards!  Praise be to God!  There is hope.  True hope in looking to Jesus and seeking Him.  And there is a promise that Jesus is making all things new and the diligent really will be satisfied! Satisfied in knowing and beholding Jesus!

So just want to say thank you to my friend for pointing me to Jesus today on our walk.  Thank you for walking this road of suffering and not running away, even though tempted to often. Just like me.  We are humbled in knowing that it is His grace that is holding our feet up from slipping!

For we can relate when Peter said to Jesus,

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). molly_rainbow


One Response to “walking with a friend”
  1. Ali says:

    Anna, you are a deep thinker, a Jesus lover, and truly a gifted writer! Even in suffering you and Mark bring joy to others!!!

    Love, Ali

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