Last week I saw the story of teenage hikers stranded out on the rocks on the Oregon Coast.
The rising tide had cut off their path back and high surf had cut out their options. Three decided to try and swim back but friends looking on from the shore decided to join them in a human chain to rescue the ones on the rocks.
It is an accurate depiction of life. We really aren’t meant to go it alone. Unexpected dangers can leave us stranded. Without the help and encouragement of others we can lose our hope or lose our lives.
We have a number of friends in imminent danger. Multiple myeloma, cancer, heart problems and acute leukemia are just some of the rising tides threatening their lives. Talk to each one of them and they will tell you that the outpouring of love, prayers, well wishes, and extensions of friendship are what has gotten them through the darkest of days.
Most of us have been left stranded at some point in our lives by depression, overwhelming financial needs, or loss and abandonment on a variety of levels. Discouragement, lack of hope, illness or weariness can catch up with us and isolate us, laying us flat upon the rocks.
Those of us fortunate enough to have family, and/or friends to come alongside and form that human chain of hope and encouragement, and ultimately the link to safety, know how valuable it is.
“The Good Lie” is a profound movie giving an account of “The Lost Boys” of Sudan during their civil war in the 1980’s. It depicts their journey on foot of over a thousand miles through treacherous terrain to end up in a refugee camp, in hopes of being airlifted out. The movie follows one family, as they eventually make it to the United States.
At the end of that movie, this African Proverb appears on the screen:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
We don’t get far on our own. It is imperative that we go together. Through life’s hardships, through the rough waters, through seemingly devastating and impossible situations. If you are relatively safe on the shore right now, I encourage you to jump in and extend your hand as a lifeline to someone who may feel like they are drowning. If your needs seem overwhelming, I encourage you to look up- away from the swirling tide and reach out. Grab on to the offer of help to get you to a safer place.
Ultimately, we have the promise of a Faithful and Mighty God to not only save us, but to never leave us or forsake us. He has promised that He is with us – always. With Him, we are never stranded.
Abundance is… Traveling Together With Him,