“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” Proverbs 18:24, NIV.
Many years ago after an argument, I told my husband, I’m leaving. I went to our closet and started packing a suitcase. He came over to me and said, “Where are you going?” I told him, “I’m leaving. I can’t take this anymore.” We had been struggling financially, and I was tired. As I stuffed everything in a suitcase, he looked at me and said, “We got in this mess together, and we’re getting out of it together.”
The greatest relationships you admire all have their stories of how they made it through sickness, financial crisis, job layoffs, family issues, baby momma drama, loss of loved ones and the list goes on. These relationships have gone through the ups and downs of life, but they got through it together.
I’m thankful I unpacked my suitcase on that day because the good days are so much sweeter when you’re with the one who stuck with you through the bad days. If you’re single, here’s a nugget of wisdom. You want to marry someone that can handle tough times. If he doesn’t have a prayer life, that will be a problem in a storm. His prayer life will be what keeps him together so he can lead you and the family through it. His relationship with the Lord is what will help him respond right when you’re packing your bags trying to vacate the premises.
The bottom-line is this. Let’s imitate Jesus. He’s with us when we’re up, and He’s right there when life comes crashing down. He’s not a fair-weather friend, only coming around when times are good. He sticks closer than a brother. Our crisis doesn’t scare Him because He knows the truth: No matter what we face, He will cause us to triumph in everything.
Prayer: Father, I thank you for never leaving my side. You have been faithful, the greatest friend I’ve ever known. Help me to be a good and faithful friend just like you. Help me not to abandon people I love when times get hard. Help me maintain the right perspective and trust you to bring good out of it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Meditate on 2 Corinthians 2:14)