There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. Psalm 18:24 NLT
The first car I owned was a 1967 Volkswagen bug. It was one of the highlights of my teen years. With a great stereo, trick paint job, and roaring exhaust, I was convinced I was looking cool. I made sure my bug was always clean so my supped up 4-cylinder would be the envy of everyone.
Behind the scenes, my car, like many older cars, had internal issues. I remember one day the accelerator cable frayed and broke. I solicited my friend to help me get to the parts store to purchase a new cable. I needed him to work the accelerator cable for me, and he agreed but had no idea what I was really asking of him.
Ultimately, he found himself laying on the dirty passenger floorboard with his feet up in the air. Equipped with a pair of vice grips, he blindly followed my verbal commands to pull and release tension on the broken cable under my gas pedal.
From the street view, things looked great, but below the window line, things were not so good. With his body contorted, a cramping grip, and sweat running down his red face, my friend was a hot mess. We made it to our destination and spent many future afternoons cruising together—sitting in the seats normally.
I don’t know what is fraying in your life, but I want to encourage you to call on a trusted friend for help. Sometimes it’s hard because of our pride, but a friend’s perspective and help is exactly what we need. There is the always-faithful friend named Jesus, too. HE can be called on anytime.
Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6