What do you think of my weeds!? They have grown much more since I took this photo.
It’s taken a week to tell you all all about my weekend, but we have almost made it! If messaging Ronda on Sunday wasn’t enough to fill me with hope, having a game of Words with Friends as I spent time with our buddy Chris was the icing on the cake. I refer to Chris as my “twin.” That close sibling connection clicked in quite early into our friendship. We always have each other’s backs.
He beat me at Words with Friends. He’s on a winning streak, but right now he has some heavy burdens, so it doesn’t feel as if he’s on a winning streak. We talked about this over Skype.
There is so much hope in the hardest things. (I really need to get this through my head. Yesterday I was really struggling again.)
It’s during these times that God draws us closer to Him. He also reveals Himself to us more. (I believed these words when I wrote this. Where is my faith?)
There is so much opportunity for growth during stormy seasons. We can literally grow like weeds in the rain. (I’m starting to feel like someone else wrote this.)
I didn’t plant anything this year. I just let the weeds grow, but they are growing so well! When I voiced this Chris laughed. I was so glad to hear him laugh. I’ve always hated to see Him hurting. When he hurts I hurt. It’s that “twin” connection.
The last time we talked I kept thinking I should pray with him, but I chickened out. Praying out loud isn’t easy for me. Even praying out loud with Andrew has been difficult, but I’m getting there. Nevertheless, when I didn’t pray with Chris I felt bad. I messaged him a day or so later and told him I was sorry. I should have prayed, but I was feeling really insecure. He messaged that if anyone understands insecurities it’s him.
By the end of our game and conversation I was gearing up to pray for this monkey. I told him that I wanted to do this. I also told him that it was a comfort zone issue that I felt was so silly. We talk all the time. How is praying for him out loud any different? He understood. He’s my “twin.” He voiced how hard it is to raise his hand for prayer at church.
There was no way that I was going to let Chris down! So after we chatted about it for a bit, I told him okay, I’m going to do this, and went ahead and prayed. It wasn’t half bad. Then came the words that made me feel so great: when Chris thanked me and told me how much it meant to him that I would walk through that fear for him.
Even though I’ve been going through a difficult season, myself, God’s grace is abounding and we will keep growing… maybe even like weeds!
“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.”Proverbs 17:17
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 5:20-21