I’m one of those people who can’t drive in thunderstorms. When the clouds open, all my driving experience goes out the window. My hands become a sweaty mess, my speed decreases dramatically, and I wish there was a turbo level on the windshield wipers. My friend, on the other hand, excels in storm driving. He switches lanes (bypassing us storm deficient drivers), changes songs, and doesn’t even have the wipers at the highest speed. You can imagine how nervous I am sitting on the passenger side, continuously pressing my foot on some imaginary brake, yelling at him to drive safer (like me).
But the more we ride, my voice softens, and I start to relax. He’s capable of driving in any weather, and even through all my bickering, I trust him behind the wheel.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17 NIV)
We were not meant to travel through life alone. God gives us family, friends, mentors, marriages, etc. to send us further than we can go solo. Relationships fill in where our personality, skills and knowledge lack. Yes, being a loner can appear to be the easier route. But there is a harvest to reap in abundant connections. If we trust God, He will supply these relationships (some for a season and some for life) that bring wisdom, creativity, businesses, support and exceedingly more than we can think (Ephesians 3:20)
After all, Jesus didn’t even do life alone (Luke 6:12-16), and our Christian faith rests on the relationship between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (John 14).
Let’s not let our lack of trust in people thrust us from purpose-filled relationships. Instead, let’s continuously trust God and everything will work out as it should.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)