Essential Item Required
Posted on July 7, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
A few years back, I had the unique opportunity to meet my brother in Maine and drive him to New Jersey after he completed walking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. On the drive home, he kept me entertained with stories of his adventure. I relay this story as it has a tremendous biblical connection.
Getting injured along the trail requires one to do much of their own doctoring and medical care. My brother told me how twice he became wounded in places that he couldn’t see in order to know what he needed to do to take care of himself. Once the injury was on his foot in a spot unseen and another time on the back of his head. How frustrating it was to him to be alone on the trail and unable to take proper care of himself. It was then that he realized a mirror is an essential item in a first aid kit. If one cannot see the problem, one cannot take proper care of the problem. Both injuries required that he wait until he met up with someone on the trail to have them take a look and describe to him what they saw as well as to help assist with any first aid.
It was like a light bulb went off, and we both saw the analogy to our personal lives. Often there are issues, problems, sins and behaviors that are a part of our lives that we do not see. We are often blind to what others can see much clearer from their perspective. God has called us into relationships with others for just that purpose – to be the mirror that shows us our hidden problems. We need people in our lives who we can stop and ask to look into our souls and tell us what they see. It is only then that we can take the appropriate steps needed to find healing.
Fortunately, neither one of my brother’s injuries was severe. However, I could not help thinking of how deeply ingrained our problems can become if we fail to ask others to help us see inside our hearts and be a mirror for us.
Do you have someone in your life who walks with you to gently tell you about yourself and help you see where you need to change, grow, or heal? I do, and I encourage you to get one or pray for God to bring people into your path that are willing to assist you and be the mirror in your life.
This devotional was taken from America’s Keswick’s “Real Life for Real Victory Volume 3”. If you would like to order a copy of the 365 Devotional book, please call (800) 453-7942.
Written by Lynne Jahns. Lynne is currently the Director of Barbara’s Place, the addiction recovery for women at America’s Keswick.
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